David Ruggles Home

36 Lispenard Street
New York City

David Ruggles Home

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For one year, 1838, this was the address of David Ruggles, "Father of the Underground Railroad." As a leader of the Vigilance Committee, he is credited with having helped more than six hundred slaves, including Frederick Douglass, escape to freedom via the railroad.

Source: Six Heritage Tours by Ruth Limmer in collaboration with NYC’s Lower East Side Tenement Museum

A renovated and well-kept building, you can now enjoy a cup of coffee in the downstairs cafe clearly labeled as part of the Underground Railroad movement, though unless you're looking for it you would probably miss it!


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