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Jackson in Jackson County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Bucky Harris Park

Experience Jackson

— The Jackson Underground Railroad Tour —

 
 
Bucky Harris Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, September 26, 2022
1. Bucky Harris Park Marker
Inscription.  
Center of Conflict and Conviction
Bucky Harris Park was a busting business district in the center of town known as Jacksonburg Square in the 1800s. It featured the old county courthouse, three commercial blocks, and the first newspaper building (Jacksonburg Sentinel) which was co-owned and operated by the DeLand family. In 1850, Jacksonburg Square is the center of activity. This is where pro-slavery residents noted one hot July night, where abolitionists like the DeLands spoke openly through newspaper editorials, and where locals who were sympathetic to the plight of runaway slaves worked quietly behind the scenes to help them escape.

Jackson - Hub of the Underground Railroad
During the decades leading up to the American Civil War, Jackson, Michigan was both hub and haven for thousands of slaves escaping through a human network called the Underground Railroad. The ultimate destination (usually Canada) for slaves on the route varied by slave and guide, but it was always considered "the land of freedom and was sought by staves one night, one mile, and one act of kindness at a time.

Several community
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leaders and families in Jackson secretly housed, clothed, fed and measured runaways. while others supportive of the business of slavery openly hunted and punished escaped slaves or anyone aiding their fight. Some northerners went so far as to capture the runaways and return them to servitude. Not every slave on the Underground Railroad escaped.
 
Erected by City of Jackson, Michigan. (Marker Number 1.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1850.
 
Location. 42° 14.857′ N, 84° 24.5′ W. Marker is in Jackson, Michigan, in Jackson County. Marker is on West Michigan Avenue just east of North Jackson Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 W Michigan Ave, Jackson MI 49201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jacksonburg Public Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Horace Ismon / Ismon Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Abolitionists in Jackson (within shouting distance of this marker); This alley is named for Emma Nichols (within shouting distance of this marker); Edward Pomeroy Post No. 48 Grand Army Of The Republic (within
Bucky Harris Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, September 26, 2022
2. Bucky Harris Park Marker
shouting distance of this marker); The St. Joseph Indian Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Congregational Church (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named First Congregational Church (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jackson.
 
Bucky Harris Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, September 26, 2022
3. Bucky Harris Park
Marker is behind the brick pillar on the left.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 29, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 29, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 117 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 29, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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