Mature Ministries: Underground Railroad of Washtenaw County

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Thursday, January 14, Noon – 1:00 p.m. via Zoom - The founding meeting of the Michigan Antislavery Society was held in the First Presbyterian Church, located on the southwest corner E. Huron and Division Streets, in 1836. This convention led to the establishment of the state’s second antislavery newspaper, Ann Arbor’s Signal of Liberty, in 1841 at the Huron Block on Broadway. Publisher Guy Beckley lived nearby on Pontiac Trail. These are just three of the places we will see on a virtual “Journey to Freedom” exploring the routes, sites, and people who formed the Underground Railroad in Washtenaw County. The African American Cultural & Historical Museum (AACHM) provides both Underground Railroad bus and walking tours, exhibits and programs (aachm.org). Presenter Bev Willis is a board member and co-chair of the Exhibit and Collections Committee of the African-American Historical and Culture Museum of Washtenaw County. She is also the Administrator for the Washtenaw County Historical Society and serves on the board of the Ann Arbor Historical Foundation.