Detroit’s Second Gift to the World: The Detroit Underground Railroad

Detroit was the last stop to freedom for many slaves between the years 1820 and 1865. The Underground Railroad was a secret organization of anti-slavery supporters who housed slaves across the United States in churches, businesses, and homes. It is estimated that 200 such locations existed in Detroit alone. As Michigan borders Canada, many slaves traveled from the south, through Michigan, to aggregate in Detroit for the final boat ride to freedom across the border. The bravery and vision of the abolitionists of Detroit was a gift to the world in the battle for race equality in North America and is currently a reminder in the continuing battle for racial equality worldwide. Today the Detroit Underground Railroad Monument can be seen along the Detroit Riverwalk at Hart Plaza.

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2 Comments so far

  1. Girl in the D (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 11:18 pm

    Very interesting information, Mollika!

  2. A for apple (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 11:37 pm

    Now thats an interesting gift … way ya go Detroit :>


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