Underground Railroad Monument, Battle Creek, MI
Posted by: WrightStuff
N 42° 19.131 W 085° 10.767
16T E 650020 N 4686783
Quick Description: The Underground Railroad Monument is located on Michigan Avenue in Battle Creek, Michigan
Location: Michigan, United States
Date Posted: 7/7/2007 8:27:04 PM
Waymark Code: WM1THH
--Text from memorial inscription--
From the 1830's to 1861, thousands of slaves in the southern United States courageously escaped northward to freedom on what became known as the Underground Railroad. Along the secret network, "conductors" like Battle Creek's Erastus and Sara Hussey, whose liknesses are captured in this memorial, took great personal risks to ensure the safety of escaping slaves. Hariett Tubman, known as the Black Moses, was a national heroine of this epic struggle and is depicted leading another brave family away from the shackles of slavery. This memorial honors the Underground Railroad and is dedicated to the strength of the human spirit in the quest for freedom.
Historians believe as many as 1,500 slaves passed through the city of Battle Creek enroute to Detroit for their ultimate passage to Canada. Designed by sculptor Ed Dwight and built with funds donated by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the 28-foot long, 14-foot high bronze statue reminds us of Battle Creek's importance in the Underground Railroad.
1 East Michigan Avenue
Battle Creek, MI United States
Web site: [Web Link]
Open to the public?: Public
Name of organization who placed the marker: W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Site Details: Not listed
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