Detail of a larger-than-life bronze sculpture memorializing the enormous contributions of Underground Railroad ‘conductors’ & the courageous African-Americans they led to freedom in Canada. The Underground Railroad, or Railway, was not literally underground, nor was it a railroad. It was a series of safehouses & other secure locations, often the homes of the so-called ‘conductors’, where fugitive slaves making their way north were sheltered from bounty hunters. This monument, designed by Susan Geissler, was dedicated & unveiled in Lewiston, NY, on the banks of the Niagara River, on 14 October 2009. The inspiration for the sculpture is the 1969 novel for young people, FREEDOM CROSSING by Margaret Goff Clark. This photo shows the depiction of the best-known of Lewiston’s ‘conductors’, ‘station master’ Josiah Tryon, & is based on long-time Tryon interpreter, Lewistonian Tim Henderson. Here Tryon is handing a toddler to her mother who is already in the boat, ready to make the crossing to Queenston, Ontario. Behind is a young white woman who is gesturing toward the Canadian shore opposite, helping the father of the family.