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Underground Railroad Codes

publication date: Dec 10, 2010
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author/source: Carol Montgomery

ReadersTheaterAllYearBug"Underground Railroad Codes," a free Black History Readers Theater script, includes a bit about Harriet Tubman's life in addition to several code words from the Underground Railroad.  Harriet Tubman's code name was "Moses" and the curriculum links at the end of this script usually include part of her story and photographs.  Although this script has a lot of narration, it is broken up with the addition of a chorus.

Here is a brief excerpt from this script:

Underground Railroad Codes

By Carol Montgomery ©2010 


Leader:  The Underground Railroad.

Chorus: The Underground Railroad.

Leader:  Saved many slaves.

Chorus: Saved many slaves.

Leader:  The Underground Railroad.

Chorus: The Underground Railroad.

Leader:  Used secret codes.

Chorus: Used secret codes.

Speaker 1:  No real train tracks existed for the Underground Railroad.  It meant a secret way slaves used to escape to freedom.

Speaker 2:  Many people did not believe in slavery.  Some of them sheltered runaway slaves in their safe house illegally—even in secret hiding spots.

Speaker 1:  These safe houses, used for a stop of a few hours to several days, were called stations.  The person who ran the safe house was the stationmaster.

Speaker 2:  A stationmaster often fed the runaway slaves.  A good stationmaster with a safe house station could help hundreds of runaways.

Leader:  The Underground Railroad.

Chorus: The Underground Railroad.

Leader:  Saved many slaves.

Chorus: Saved many slaves.

Leader:  The Underground Railroad.

Chorus: The Underground Railroad.

Leader:  Used secret codes.

Chorus: Used secret codes.

Speaker 3:  The fugitive slaves on the Underground Railroad had many code names.  To keep runaways safe they could be called travelers, passengers, baggage, or cargo.  (continued...)

Click on the PDF link below to see the full printable version of the free Black History Readers Theater script, "The Underground Railroad."

Download the PDF of "The Underground Railroad," a free Black History Readers Theater script.




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