2016 National Underground Railroad Conference
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
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.
Quick Links for the Conference
General Conference Information
Discounted Lodging for Conference Attendees through May 23
The UGRR block is sold out. Rooms may be available at the prevailing rate.
These hotels have a discounted rate for the UGRR Conference. Reserve your room now. Availability is first come, first served.
Register for the Conference Today!
You can also call 202.238.5910 or 202.505.0891 with a credit card to register for the conference.
The links below will provide information on airports that service the Hilton Head, SC area.
American Airlines flies in and out of Hilton Head Island Airport (HHH) 800-433-7300.
Additional Attractions in the area
Mitchelville Preservation Project, Fort Howell, and Heritage Library–NTF Members in Hilton Head, SC, have added several events affiliated with the 2016 Underground Railroad Conference. Check out their website for more information: http://www.hiltonheadisland.org/see-and-do/arts-and-culture/underground-railroad-conference/