June 13 - 16, 2016
The Westin, Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa
2 Grasslawn Ave, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Rate: $144/night plus taxes* Click here to register for the conference.
*This rate is reserved for 2016 Underground Railroad Conference registrants only.
Group rate only available until May 18, 2016 and is Subject to Availability.
Book Hotel online or call (843) 681-4000 and ask for the 2016 Underground Railroad Conference rate.
Into the light: Striving for Freedom and ‘an equal chance in the Battle of Life’
2016 National Underground Railroad Conference
The National Park Service, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program and friends, will host the 2016 National Underground Railroad Conference in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, June 13-16, 2016. The theme for this year’s conference is Into the Light: Striving for Freedom and ‘an equal chance in the battle of life’. We will explore the transition from enslavement to freedom before, during, and after the Civil War, commemorate the sesquicentennial of the end of the Civil War, and the adoption of the 13th Amendment. This year provides a unique opportunity to pause and reflect on the meaning of freedom. The location selected for this year’s conference is particularly significant since Mitchelville was established there in 1862 as the first self-governing town of formerly enslaved people in this country.