Two board games useful to teach Pennsylvania Underground Railroad facts
Mayer Foner for many years operated a popular wargaming and board gaming store in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania. That store has been closed for many years, but Mayer remains interested in the hobby. A few years ago he produced two board games intended to teach players the basic facts of the Underground Railroad movement in Pennsylvania. One game is a state-wide look; the other focuses on central Pennsylvania, including York County.
Both involve the players moving pawns representing fugitive slaves north toward Canada while avoiding being recaptured. Along the way, they learn about the history of the UGRR movement, including reputed stations and conductors, abolitionists, slave catchers, controversial laws such as the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and others.
Here are some photos of the game components, as well as Mayer’s commentary…