J. E. Robinson Underground Railroad Tours

J. E. Robinson Underground Railroad Tours

Alton, Illinois 62002

  • Phone: (618) 465-6676
  • Hours:
    Group Tours are Seasonal and by Appointment Only

Follow the history of the Underground Railroad with professor and historian J. E. Robinson as your guide. The two-hour shuttle tour makes stops at multiple locations in Alton and Godfrey Illinois, visiting important stops used before and after the American Civil War by slaves seeking freedom. Underground Railroad stops visited include the Enos Apartments building which includes a moment to reflect in a historic, still-standing basement tunnel, Rocky Fork Church of Godfrey which purportedly was the first stop in a free state for escaped slaves after leaving the slave state of Missouri, Union Baptist Church which is considered one of the first Black churches in Illinois, and more.

Learn about abolitionists like Elijah P. Lovejoy and visit his grave and monument- the tallest standing monument of its kind in the state. Hear the slave's tales and get educated about the inner workings of the secret movement and its significance in southwest Illinois.

Tours depart from the Alton Visitor Center parking lot. Shuttles hold up to 20 guests. The Alton region is also part of the National Park Service’s “Network to Freedom” passport program. This passport stamp honors the Underground Railroad sites in Alton and Godfrey. Passport holders can have their passports stamped at the Alton Visitor Center upon request.

Advance ticket purchase is required for the tours and can be purchased online here or over the phone from the Alton Visitor's Center at 618-465-6676.

*All tickets are $27.50 per person

*Shuttle is not ADA accessible