The annual National Underground Railroad Conference will be held in Detroit this year. I will have to add this event to my to do list in 2015.
It was the 1850s, when African-Americans who did the same were deemed fugitives and risked capture, punishment or worse. Yet on the farm near Ypsilanti where her family lived after returning to the United States, McCoy hid, fed and tended to runaways bound for the Detroit riverfront and then, eventually, Canada.
The cigar makers wife even forbade her daughter from visiting a barn that concealed the fugitives since any of her neighbors could have seen something and revealed what was happening, said Carol Mull, an Ann Arbor writer, researcher and author of a book on the Underground Railroad in Michigan. The majority of the people in the area generally were not in favor of breaking the law and helping people escape, so it was a great risk on her part.
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