The Guy Beckley House is significant as an anti-slavery center and station on the Underground Railroad from 1842, when Beckley move onto the property, until his death in 1847. In those brief years, Beckley worked tirelessly to sway public opinion through sermons, lectures, articles and participation in political reforms.
Rev. Beckley lectured as a commissioned agent of the American Anti-Slavery Society in New England, moved to Michigan in 1839 and immediately resumed his anti-slavery activities. A member of the Michigan Anti-Slavery Society Executive Committee from 1840, Beckley served as Vice-President in 1845. From 1841-1847 Beckley co-published the anti-slavery newspaper and national Liberty Party voice, Signal of Liberty. Biographical slave accounts offered justification for Northerners to assist runaways. In addition to articles arousing abolitionist sympathy, Beckley wrote about assisting slaves. Conductor Lyman Goodnow’s account mentions stopping at Beckley’s along the Wisconsin to Canada journey with runaway Caroline Quarlls. Other reminiscences and stories identify Guy Beckley,stationmaster.
The Guy Beckley House, nearly unchanged in appearance since 1844, is the most prominent Underground Railroad site in Ann Arbor, a center of anti-slavery activism in Michigan and home of the man who sacrificed his time, financial security and health to the Cause.
Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.
Location: 1425 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, 48105
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Bethany VanDuyne & David Steinberg
Location Type: Site
Religious Denominations: Methodist