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Journey To Freedom Underground Railroad Tours

The tours of sites in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti areas illuminate the role of citizens in helping men and women escape to freedom and in eliminating the institution of slavery. In Ann Arbor, visitors see the founding site of the Michigan Anti-Slavery Society (1836) and the place where the Liberty Party’s Signal of Liberty newspaper was printed. Close by is the home of Reverend Guy Beckley who edited the anti-slavery newspaper and admitted to sheltering escaping slaves. His house is listed in the NPS Network to Freedom Program. Along the Chicago to Detroit road several men conspired to hide escaping slaves and carry them to Canada. The story of African American Asher Aray helping a group of 27 to Canada was recently uncovered and is revealed during the tour. The tours give a human face to those who worked individually and collectively to escape slavery. The carefully researched tour sites are presented by professional guides with a hope that visitors will have a more comprehensive understanding of the role of Washtenaw County citizens in opposing slavery and emancipating enslaved African Americans. Tours are offered June-August and by arrangement.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: African American Cult/Hist Mus of Washtenaw Co., 1100 N. Main St., Ann Arbor, 48104

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: African Am Cult/Hist Washtenaw Co.

Location Type: Program

UGRR Operatives: Reverend Guy Beckley