The Michigan Freedom Trail Commission preserves, protects and promotes the rich legacy of the Underground Railroad and the antislavery movement in Michigan.
The Michigan Freedom Trail Commission and the Michigan History Center, in partnership with the William L. Clements Library, are pleased to announce the 2021 Heritage Gathering schedule.
This year's program kicks off with weekly virtual presentations in September, to commemorate International Underground Railroad Month. Save the date for these programs, which run 7 - 8:30 p.m. They are free and will take place via Zoom. Detail program descriptions and registration will be available in early August.
The annual day-long conference program will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.on Saturday, October 2 at the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor.
The morning sessions includes sessions on resources for the study of the Underground Railroad at the Clements Library and information on how to create an equitable narrative infrastructure around the history of the Underground Railroad.
A network lunch leads into afternoon presentations on UGRR history, followed by an open discussion about developing a traveling exhibition.
The full program schedule and registration information will be available in early August.
In its quest to discover and chronicle the legacy of the Underground Railroad in Michigan, the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission holds quarterly meetings. Unless noted otherwise, all meetings are held in the Commission Room (fifth floor, east wing) in the Michigan Library and Historical Center in Lansing and begin at 11 a.m. Meetings are open to the public.
The Michigan Library and Historical Center is located at 702 West Kalamazoo Street, Lansing. The building and visitor parking are on the north side of Kalamazoo Street, two blocks east of M. L. King Jr. Boulevard.