Statuary and memorial commemorating detroit
Statuary and Memorial Commemorating Detroit's Role in the Underground Railroad
by Ed Dwight
When Congress enacted the Northwest Ordinance in 1787 to establish a governmental system for the area that now includes Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin; they declared that there shall neither be slavery nor involuntary servitude in the area. This was not interpreted to convey freedom upon slaves who were already living in the area or brought there by their masters. Indeed, censuses counted small numbers of slaves in Michigan. The last census to enumerate slaves in the state, 1830, counted 32. Several routes of the Underground Railroad went through Michigan. This statue commemorates the route through Detroit. Another favorite crossing point was south of Detroit near where Amherstburg, Ontario is located. This is, perhaps, the narrowest Point in the Detroit River. And by the mid-1830s, there was a modest population of former slaves living there who aided other to escape to freedom. Installed 2001 Media: Granite, Bronze
Location Detroit River at Hart Plaza, Downtown Detroit, MI
Tours Featuring This Artwork
Download the app for on the go tours of your town's public art