Tour 1- Journey Across Midnight: Underground Railroad Tour of Detroit
Date and Time: Wednesday, July 16 (8:30 am-5:00pm)
Location: Meet in Hotel Lobby (Bus Loads 8:00 am)
Description: Explore the key role that Detroit, "Midnight", played in the Underground Railroad. Following a driving tour of important Underground Railroad locations in downtown Detroit to set the stage, attendees will visit First Congregational Church, an NTF site. While there, enjoy a tour of the beautiful Romanesque church building, lunch, and the "Flight to Freedom" storytelling re-enactment. At the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, tour the newly installed 22 gallery exhibition that takes visitors through time and space from Africa to modern-day Detroit. At the museum, there will also be a special performance of Jordan Anderson Writes a Letter, sponsored by the University of Detroit Mercy, which is based on the remarkable letter of a freedom seeker to his "old master" at the close of the Civil War. A stop at Second Baptist Church rounds out the tour experience.
Tour 2- Explore Detroit-Motown Experience
Date and Time: Friday, July 18 (6:30 pm-9:00 pm)
Location: Meet in the hotel lobby (Bus loads 6:00 pm)
Description: Experience the music and history of the legendary Motown Studios, aka Hitsville USA. Established in 1959 by Berry Gordon, Motown's music symbolizes the impact of African American cultural forms not only on the United States, but the world.
Tour 3- Routes to Freedom, Routes to Prosperity
Date and Time: Saturday, July 19 (8:30 am-?)
Location: Meet in Hotel Lobby (Bus Loads: 8:00 am)
Description: Traveling along the Middle Rouge River, learn of the important role of the river in the African American migration story. The river, an important route to the self-determination and self-sufficiency that were central to notions of freedom for African Americans, was first an Underground Railroad route, and later during the Great Migration, a route to economic mobility in large part associated with the vision of Henry Ford. The tour will include visits to an old mill where freedom seeker Robert Wallace worked and established one of the earliest African American Methodist Churches in Michigan, the Henry Ford Museum, and Greenfield Village. At the Village, participants will visit the 1850 home of an enslaved family from a Georgia plantation, hear stories of resistance from slavery, and have a special opportunity to see the Saline Parsonage, a building that is not yet open to the public, where recent research has revealed this Baptist congregation's connection to the Underground Railroad.
The Henry Ford America's Greatest History Destination http://www.thehenryford.org/
Affiliated Tour- The Other Side of Freedom: Destination Canada
Date and Time: Sunday, July 20 (8:00 am -5:30 pm)
Location: Meet in Hotel Lobby (Bus Loads: 7:30 am)
Passports or enhanced driver's licenses required!
Description: While Canada was a destination for many freedom seekers, many know little about their experiences once they crossed the border. Travel to the other side to explore the lives that freedom seekers constructed. This affiliated tour event will visit the Sandwich Baptist Church in Windsor, handmade with Detroit River clay by freedom seekers and used as a safe haven from slave catchers. In Amherstburg, learn about Deborah Brown's escape from Maryland to Toronto in a new exhibit at the North American Black Historical Museum where the Nazrey African Methodist Episcopal Church is also open to visit. Journey on to Buxton National Historic Site and Museum and the original site of the Elgin Settlement founded by Reverend William King to discover the history of this self-sufficient community that once boasted 2000 residents and is today inhabited by descendants of the original settlers. Lunch will be catered at Buxton. In Chatham, the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society exhibit and walking tour will profile prominent abolitionist and educator Mary Ann Shadd and the First Baptist Church, site of John Brown's Chatham Convention meetings.
To register for this tour, contact Doug Jackson, Ontario's Fun Connection at 877-877-0253 to pay by Visa or Mastercard. Must register for tour by June 26.