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Port Huron in Saint Clair County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Underground Railroad

 
 
Underground Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 5, 2014
1. Underground Railroad Marker
Inscription.

Prior to the Civil War, African American slaves, in brave and desperate attempts to flee from slave owners in the Southern states, passed through Port Huron via the Underground Railroad. It was not a real railroad but a system of routes where people opposed to slavery would provide escaping slaves with food, clothing, shelter and encouragement. Sympathetic people hid the escapees in houses and barns by day and then guided them to the next safe "station" at night.

Many escaped slaves traveled northward to Michigan in their pursuit of freedom. Some stayed in this state. Others continued their flight into Canada, crossing at Port Huron or other places along the waterway.
 
Erected by Thomas Edison Depot Museum.
 
Location. 42° 59.911′ N, 82° 25.562′ W. Marker is in Port Huron, Michigan, in Saint Clair County. Marker is at the intersection of Thomas Edison Parkway and the Bluewater Bridge to Sarnia (Interstate 69/94), on the right when traveling south on Thomas Edison Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is at the Thomas Edison Depot Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 510 Thomas Edison Parkway, Port Huron MI 48060, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
Map on Underground Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Edison Depot Museum, undated
2. Map on Underground Railroad Marker
. Edison Homesite (here, next to this marker); Wilderness Outpost (a few steps from this marker); Making Tracks (a few steps from this marker); All Aboard! (a few steps from this marker); Immigration (within shouting distance of this marker); Bridging the Blue Waters (within shouting distance of this marker); Ships on the St. Clair (within shouting distance of this marker); Native Americans (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Huron.
 
Also see . . .
1. Thomas Edison Depot Museum, Port Huron MI. (Submitted on August 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. National Underground Network to Freedom. (Submitted on August 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Underground Railroad in Michigan. (Submitted on August 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. The Underground Railroad in Michigan. (Submitted on August 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
Underground Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 5, 2014
3. Underground Railroad Marker
Far left marker, partially obscured by bush, with St. Clair River and Sarnia, Ontario, in distance
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 398 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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