The Underground Railroad - Dundurn

The Underground Railroad

Next Stop, Toronto!

Available Oct 5th 2021

$ 19.99


Stories of the hopeful, brave people who fled slavery and made Toronto their home.

“An engaging and highly readable account of the lives of Black people in Toronto in the 1800s.” — Lawrence Hill, bestselling author of The Illegal

The Underground Railroad: Next Stop, Toronto! is a richly illustrated book that explores Toronto’s role as a destination for thousands of freedom-seekers before the American Civil War. This newly revised edition traces pathways taken by people, enslaved and free, who courageously made the trip north in search of liberty, and offers new biographies, images, and information based on a 2015 archaeological dig in downtown Toronto. Within its pages are stories of courageous men, women, and children who overcame barriers of prejudice and racism to create homes, institutions, and a rich and vibrant community life in Canada’s largest city. These brave individuals established organizations not only to help newcomers but to also oppose the ongoing slavery in the United States.

Based entirely on original research, this book offers fresh insights into the rich heritage of African Americans who became African Canadians and helped to build Toronto as we know the city today. This exciting new edition will be of interest to readers young and old who want to learn more about this unexplored chapter in Toronto’s history.



Adrienne Shadd

Adrienne Shadd is a researcher, writer, curator and editor living in Toronto. She is co-author of We're Rooted Here and They Can't Pull Us Up: Essays in African Canadian Women's History, co-editor of Talking About Identity: Encounters in Culture, Language and Identity with Carl James and recently has curated exhibitions entitled "...and still I rise" in Hamilton, Ontario, on the experience of African-Canadian workers in the twentieth century.

Afua Cooper

Afua Cooper's doctoral dissertation on Henry Bibb is a pioneering work on the life of the 19th-century abolitionist. She teaches African-Canadian history at the University of Toronto and is co-author of "We're Rooted Here and They Can't Pull Us Up: Essays in African Canadian Women's History" (University of Toronto Press, 1994). In February 2002, Afua curated "A Glimpse of Black Life in Victorian Toronto: 1850-1860" for the City of Toronto Museum Division.

Karolyn Smardz Frost

Karolyn Smardz Frost is an archaeologist, historian and award-winning author who teaches at York and Acadia. Her book I’ve Got a Home in Glory Land won the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction in 2007. She co-edited A Fluid Frontier: Slavery, Resistance and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland, which won the Historical Society of Michigan Book Award. She divides her time between Toronto and Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley.

Book Details

October 2021
8x8 in
136 pp