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Watch Railroad Ties

Meet descendants of those who took matters into their own hands to seek freedom for themselves and others.

“We are the sum total of our ancestors…you have the potential of their accumulated sense of possibilities.”

Six descendants of fugitive slaves and abolitionists come together in Brooklyn to discover more about their lineage. Documenting each person learning about their ancestors, and featuring renowned historian, Henry Louis Gates Jr., the film interweaves powerful personal moments with contextual historical anecdotes.

The very human story of the Underground Railroad unfolds through Ancestry records, each discovery revealing the dynamic impact our history has on identity, family and legacy. The film takes a personal look at how understanding our family’s past can influence not just who we are, but how we see ourselves.

Records of Bravery

Uncovered historical records reveal a glimpse of the families’ perilous path to freedom and
of those who risked their lives in hopes they make it.

Welcome to Plymouth Church. It was in the hidden corners and secret passages below this room that many enslaved people found their way to freedom.”

Airing on*:

Sunday, February 10 at 7:15–9:30 p.m. ET/PT during Roots
Monday, February 25 at 9:00 p.m. – 12 a.m. ET/PT during The Color Purple

Thursday, February 28 at 8:00–11:00 p.m. ET/PT during Cast Away

*Subject to change based on network schedule

With Ancestry, you can trace the paths of your ancestors and uncover new parts of your family story.