Underground Railroad conference heads to Detroit
Underground Railroad conference explores Detroit's history of helping slaves to freedom
DETROIT (AP) — An annual conference of Underground Railroad scholars and enthusiasts is coming to Detroit.
The Detroit News reports (http://bit.ly/1q9Ltlb ) 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.
The event also celebrates local female figures, such as Milly McCoy, who hid, fed and tended to runaways bound for the Detroit riverfront on her farm near Ypsilanti.
“The majority of the people in the area generally were not in favor of breaking the law and helping people escape, so it was a great risk on her part,” said Carol Mull, a local writer, researcher and author of a book about the Underground Railroad in Michigan.
The five-day conference starts Wednesday with a bus tour of Underground Railroad stops in Detroit. Conference participants will also re-enact the passage slaves followed and participate in workshops through Sunday.
More than 120 scholars, archivists, community researchers and enthusiasts from across the nation are expected to attend.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and activist Grace Lee Boggs will be recognized during the conference for their social justice work in Detroit.
National Underground Railroad Conference: http://www.asalh.org/ugrr.html
Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/