Freedom Sculptures in Michigan and Canada
This map shows where to find many of the sculptures in Michigan that honor the courage and resiliency of enslaved persons in America and their fight for freedom, along with the struggle for civil rights. Here is a direct link to the map.
Marshall, Michigan features one of the freedom monuments to honor the Adam Crosswhite affair. According to the story, Marshall residents defended Crosswhite, a former enslaved person, from slave catchers who came to take him and his family back to Kentucky. This incident is one of the events that led to the Fugitive Slave Act, which then led to the American Civil War. Read more about the Crosswhite Affair on this history page.
Perhaps the most interesting sculptures in the map above are on either side of the Detroit River – they symbolize the moment of freedom when formerly enslaved people reached Canada. The role of Canada in providing a safe haven for people cannot be understated. Learn more about the Canadian Lecture/Film series in Albion by clicking here.