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He stole his master’s finest horse and fled slavery in Tennessee.

He became one of the leading Abolitionists of the 19th century.

He helped more than 1500 runaways find freedom along the Underground Railroad.


He led thousands of citizens in protest against the Federal Marshals who captured a fugitive in his city … and helped bust that slave out and get him to freedom.


KING OF THE UNDERGROUND is the true story of a man who led a movement and inspired a community to come together … thousands of people … Blacks and Whites from every station who refused to let one of their own be thrown back into chains. They stormed a government building to save a human being from suffering. They fought a battle against tyranny and won.

KING OF THE UNDERGROUND is based on Rev. Jermain Loguen's slave narrative, first published in 1859. The screenplay follows Jermain's journey - his brutal upbringing, his daring escape from slavery, his transformation into an educated and passionate religious leader, and his lifelong fight for liberty. The story culminates in one of the defining moments of the anti-slavery movement: The Jerry Rescue in Syracuse, NY, one of the most significant acts of civil disobedience against the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. 

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