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Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Maine Home Recognized as Way Station for Escaped Slaves

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A Bowdoin College student’s work has helped to earn recognition for the role Harriet Beecher Stowe’s house played as a way station for runaway slaves.

Bowdoin senior Katie Randall researched the Harriet Beecher Stowe House and helped get it listed on the Underground Railroad Network of Freedom.

That distinction was awarded this month to the college, which has owned the house since 2001. Next month, the former parlor room will open to the public as "Harriet’s Writing Room."

The house where the abolitionist lived while her husband taught at Bowdoin was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962. It was an inn before Bowdoin took it over.

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