In 1998, Public Act 409 established the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission (MFTC) and directed it to preserve, protect and promote the legacy of the Underground Railroad in Michigan. In 2003, the Commission presented its mission: "The Michigan Freedom Trail Commission encourages, coordinates and supports work that makes the history of the Underground Railroad a vital part of Michigan's civic discourse, its educational resources and its cultural tourism product." Commissioners, appointed by the Governor of Michigan, serve on committees within the organization to accomplish this mission. Over the past ten years, the MFTC has sponsored successful conferences, presentations, and research training. Across the state, citizens initiated archaeological digs, exhibits, lectures, and site and program listings. In 2011, the MFTC advised Adventure Cycling Association for a new tour, assisted the Charles Wright Museum in developing an online encyclopedia and helped fund an international Detroit River UGRR Conference. The Commission works within the state, regionally and nationally, and has a vibrant relationship with Canadian organizations to promote the legacy of the Underground Railroad in Michigan.
Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.
Location: Michigan Historical Center, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 30740, Lansing, Lansing, 48909-8240
Website: Michigan Freedom Trail Commission
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Department of Natural Resources
Location Type: Program