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Underground Railroad Monument (Battle Creek)

The Underground Railroad monument celebrates this important national movement by visually depicting the African American and white “conductors” who helped the fugitive slaves escape bondage and the men, women and children who risked their lives to reach freedom. The monumental bronze sculpture shows Harriet Tubman leading a tired band of runaways from the cover of a dark forest. Tubman, known as the “Black Moses,” is one of the Underground Railroad’s most enduring figures. On the other side of the sculpture Erastus Hussey and his wife, Sarah, help the fugitives into a safe hiding place. The Husseys were Battle Creek Quaker abolitionists who risked financial ruin and imprisonment while harboring escaping slaves. The Husseys never met Harriet Tubman. But their service and sacrifice typifies the brave men and women who traveled on, and operated, the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad monument is intended to remind us of these past achievements and of the ongoing struggle to preserve human rights for all.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: Battle Creek Linear Park between Capital Avenue, and N. Division Street, Battle Creek, 49017

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Location Type: Site

UGRR Operatives: Erastus and Sarah Hussey,Harriet Tubman