Love Stories From the Underground Railroad

Most individuals who ran away from slavery were single young men fleeing bondage alone or in pairs.  A number of couples also escaped along the Underground Railroad, however, motivated by the desire to be married and raise families in freedom.  Professor Finkenbine, from the University of Detroit Mercy,  will discuss three of these couples: teenage lovers George and Edy Duncan, who helped pioneer the route taken by freedom seekers heading to Canada; the light-skinned Ellen Craft, who masqueraded as a master traveling with his slave as she and her husband William ran away to freedom by “hiding in plain sight”; and Isaac Berry and Lucy Millard, an interracial couple who fell in love and escaped from Missouri to Windsor, Ontario, where they married.  They settled in Mecosta County, Michigan, after the Civil War.

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