Who is the Underground Railroad Conductor?

One Man's Journey
Upstate New York
UGRR Conductor
UGRR Adk Region
Abel Brown
Myth or Reality?
The Search

Tom Calarco

Tom's book, Secret Lives of the Underground Railroad in New York City, co-authored with Don Papson was recently released.  It centers around the Record of Fugitives, a journal kept by abolitionist editor Sidney Howard Gay from 1855-to-1856, and recounts the exploits of Gay and his primary collaborator, black tradesman Louis Napoleon, and their involvement in the Underground Railroad.

His books about the UGRR, described on this site, are:

The Underground Railroad in the Adirondack Region

The Underground Railroad Conductor

Abel Brown, Abolitionist

People of the Underground Railroad

Places of the Underground Railroad

The Search for the Underground Railroad in Upstate New York

Secret Lives of the Underground Railroad in New York City


He also can bring the story of the Underground Railroad to you.


Call him at 518-573-7163 or email him at tomcalwriter@yahoo.com

  • He will show you maps of the secret routes of the Underground Railroad

  • He will tell you some of the Underground Railroad's most fascinating stories

  • He can help you learn about Underground Railroad stations in your hometown

Henry "Box" Brown, at last, being helped out of the box

Tom has spoken at Cincinnati State College, N. Kentucky University, SUNY Albany, College of St. Rose, Cape Cod Community College, North Country Community College, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, and for the Queens College, NY, Upward Bound Program. His lectures are presented with a PowerPoint show and some topics include:

  • The questions about the work of Wilbur Siebert and the impact of revisionist historian Larry Gara

  • Thoroughfares, Terminals, and Conductors on the Underground Railroad

  • Slave Rescuers: men & women who dared to go south to bring slaves to freedom

  • Henry "Box" Brown and his remarkable escape to freedom. This presentation could include a replica of the original box shown below.

To schedule a presentation

Contact him at:

518-573-7163 / tomcalwriter@yahoo.com


      To see additional articles about the Underground Railroad written by Tom, go to Suite101.com: http://www.suite101.com/writer_articles.cfm/tomcalwriter