Underground Railroad

Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Frederick Douglass is one of the most iconic figures in American history, and, during the height of his career, he visited Ypsilanti to give three separate speeches.   We take a look back at his time in Washtenaw County, learn why he was here, and explore where he spoke.


Laura Bien

The Ypsilanti District Library has launched a new African-American Oral History Archive.  The audio is being taken from old cassette tapes.
 


Washtenaw County

To wrap-up our Black History Month coverage, we spoke with Eastern Michigan University professor of Africology and African-American Studies, Ronald Woods.

Linda Williams-Bowie

Earlier this month, we took a quick look into the Underground Railroad in our Southeast Michigan.  As part of Black History Month, we continue exploring stories that came out of that era in Washtenaw County.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Ypsilanti has a rich history when it comes to the Underground Railroad.  A history you can learn more about during Black History Month.  Here is a quick glimpse of it. 


Courtesy Image / Organization of American Historians

An annual conference of Underground Railroad scholars and enthusiasts is coming to Detroit.  The Detroit News reports the event coordinated by the National Park Service will explore the roles women played as leaders along the secret network for runaway slaves. Detroit was the last stop on the Underground Railroad before the Civil War.