Greenwood Cemetery gets spot in National Underground Railroad Network

The City of Birmingham’s historic Greenwood Cemetery is one of 16 additions to the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. The National Park Service announced the additions following an application submitted by The Birmingham Museum’s Director, Leslie Pielack.

Pielack applied for this national designation of the burial sites of abolitionist Elijah S. Fish, and freedom seeker George B. Taylor, both buried in Greenwood, whose stories were uncovered late last year.

“It was a team approach. Museum staff members and local historians worked hard to uncover the incredible stories of Fish and Taylor,” said Pielack. “We are excited to see them recognized nationally, and to shed light on their truly remarkable lives.”

Pielack details how researchers discovered one clue at a time, working backward in time to put the pieces together for both extraordinary men.

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