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Finney Barn

 
 
Finney Barn Marker image. 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.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican Americans. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1861.
 
Location.
Finney Barn Marker in Capitol Park image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, March 26, 2011
2. Finney Barn Marker in Capitol Park
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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. Located in Capitol Park downtown. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Detroit MI 48226, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Michigan's First Capitol/Capitol Union School (a few steps from this marker); The First Capitol Building in Michigan (a few steps from this marker); Detroit's Underground Railway Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Detroit Plaindealer (within shouting distance of this marker); The War of 1812 in Detroit / War of 1812 Grave Site (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Woodward Avenue Cultural Heritage Tour (about 500 feet away); Chicago Road (about 600 feet away); Vernor's Ginger Ale (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Detroit.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 27, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 957 times since then and 31 times this year. 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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