Michigan Freedom Trail Commission

Underground Railroad monument in Battle Creek

The Michigan Freedom Trail Commission preserves, protects and promotes the rich legacy of the Underground Railroad and the antislavery movement in Michigan.

Commission Members

  • Ronald E. Brown, Ypsilanti. Academic community knowledgeable in African-American history
  • Amanda J. Campbell, Harrisville. Member-at-Large
  • Rochelle E. Danquah, Vice Chair, Farmington Hills. Senate Majority Leader
  • Roy E. Finkenbine, Chair, Livonia. Academic community knowledgeable in African-American history
  • Edwina A. Murphy, Lansing. Library of Michigan
  • Michael S. Nassaney, Kalamazoo. Academic community knowledgeable in African-American history
  • Robin Peebles, Lansing. Travel Michigan
  • C. David Teeter, Detroit. Local community in which Underground Railroad had significant presence
  • Kevin M. Turman, Detroit. Involved in Civil Rights issues

2019 Meeting Schedule

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, two blocks east of Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard. Visitor parking is on the north side of Kalamazoo Street.

  • February 8
  • June 7 - 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E Warren Ave, Detroit
  • September 6
  • November 15

Commission Documents

Programs and Initiatives

Updated 08/06/2019