THE DETROIT UNDERGROUND RAILROAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY
What comes to mind when you think of Detroit? You probably think of Motown, the world's "Automobile Capital," and Greektown. Detroit became a crucial city for freedom seekers, looking for a new start up North. The Second Baptist Church of Detroit was one of the last stops on the Underground Railroad for freedom seekers on the way to Canada.
The Detroit Underground Railroad Historical Society (D.U.R.H.S.) was created to retell the story of Detroit's involvement in the journey to freedom. D.U.R.H.S'. mission is to collect, preserve, and disseminate Church history through lectures, tours, and educational programming.
Those traveling to freedom through the Underground Railroad used help from safe havens, such as abolitionist homes and church basements. Learn more about how Second Baptist Church became a formal congregation, as well as their involvement in the Underground Railroad.
Book a lecture tour with the Detroit Underground Railroad Historical Society and learn more about Detroit’s great freedom story. Contact the bookstore to schedule a tour. Don’t miss out on learning another piece of Detroit’s African American history.
Contrary to popular belief, the Underground Railroad is not an actual railroad. In fact, this secret system was operated by freedom seekers who passed along information on safe hiding places for other enslaved individuals to follow.
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