09/19/17 - The Underground Railroad: Legend vs. History

The Underground Railroad: Legend vs. History
09/19/2017, 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
September 19
2017/09/19 19:00
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
07:00 PM
09:00 PM
Artistic drawing of the Underground Railroad, people being helped up a hill at night

History Comes Alive Lecture Series 2017-18
The Underground Railroad: Legend vs. History
Speaker: De Witt S. Dykes, Jr.

The Underground Railroad involved networks of individuals who assisted runaway slaves as they sought freedom and safety in the non-slave areas of the United States and Canada. To avoid prosecution, those who helped the runaway slaves rarely kept records. In the years since the end of slavery, legends have developed containing exaggerated, dubious or mistaken accounts of help given, the location of “safe houses” and secret hiding places or tunnels, all of which undervalued the role most runaway slaves played in freeing themselves. This talk will analyze the historical evidence from reliable sources to separate fact from fiction.


Oakland Center (OC)

Gold Rooms B & C

312 Meadow Brook Road

Rochester , MI 48309-4454

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