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

John McKinney

Brighton's Victorian Silhouettes

 
 
John McKinney Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, September 23, 2017
1. John McKinney Marker
Inscription. John McKinney arrived in Brighton in the 1850s as an escaped slave who most likely survived the dangers of hidden travel with the families who operated the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad helped Southern slaves escape to the North and to Canada under the cloak of darkness. John supported himself by performing odd jobs within the community. In later years he lived above the B.H. Lawson Bank and acted as a night security guard. The bank was built in 1871 and is today's Yum Yum Tree restaurant. John was about 70 when he died in 1892. His headstone is the first one seen upon entering Brighton's Old Village Cemetery and reads, "Stone erected by his friends in Brighton, whose true servant he was for 40 years."

Original Art by: Pamela Day
 
Erected 2017 by Brigton Area Historical Society, Brighton Art Guild, Downtown Brighton. (Marker Number 8.)
 
Location. 42° 31.781′ N, 83° 46.899′ W. Marker is in Brighton, Michigan, in Livingston County. Marker is at the intersection of West North Street and West Main Street, on the left when traveling south on West North Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 140 West Main Street, Brighton MI 48116, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
John McKinney Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, September 23, 2017
2. John McKinney Marker
are within walking distance of this marker. Brighton Hook and Ladder Co. (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Town Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Alice Jolly (within shouting distance of this marker); B.T.O. Clark (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Paul's (within shouting distance of this marker); Orson Quackenbush (within shouting distance of this marker); Daniel Marsh (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Henry Ford and John Tanner (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brighton.
 
Also see . . .
1. Who's that? Faces from Brighton's past pop up on city streets. According to this article from the Livingston Daily Press & Argus, Brighton's Victorian Silhouettes will be "left on display for three years, except for during the winter." (Submitted on September 25, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 

2. John McKinney. See images of John McKinney's headstone on the Find A Grave website. (Submitted on September 25, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican Americans
 
John McKinney Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, September 23, 2017
3. John McKinney Marker
View looking towards the east along West Main Street.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 25, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 159 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 25, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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