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Detroit in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Finney Barn
Finney Barn Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Wintermantel, March 26, 2011
1. Finney Barn Marker
Inscription. Seymour Finney conducted one of the principal passenger depots of the underground railroad in the Detroit area. Finney, a tailor by trade, later became a hotel-keeper, and it was in this capacity that he assisted fugitive slaves in the era prior to 1861. In 1850 he purchased a site where in later years stood the Finney Hotel, and also erected a large barn which he operated along with his tavern. Strongly sympathetic to the abolitionist cause, Finney employed every means to assist escaping slaves across the river into Canada. Detroit was one of the most important "stations" en route to Canada; if a fugitive reached this city, he was comparatively safe. Finney Barn served as a hiding-place for runaways until they could reach the river bank and freedom.
Erected 1980 by Michigan History Division-Department of State. (Marker Number S0069.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 42° 19.974′ N, 83° 2.958′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of Griswold Street and State Street, on the right when traveling south on Griswold Street. Click for map. Located in Capitol Park downtown. Marker is in this post office area: Detroit MI 48211, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Finney Barn Marker in Capitol Park Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Wintermantel, March 26, 2011
2. Finney Barn Marker in Capitol Park
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chicago Road (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); War of 1812 Dead (about 700 feet away); General Casimir Pulaski (about 700 feet away); Statue of Abraham Lincoln (about 700 feet away); Twenty-Fourth Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment (approx. 0.2 miles away); Soldiers and Sailors Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Lernoult (approx. 0.2 miles away); Henry the Hatter (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Detroit.
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 27, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 573 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 27, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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