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

  • Neil A. Barclay, Detroit, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
  • Amanda J. Campbell, Vice Chair, Harrisville, member-at-large
  • Rochelle E. Danquah, Farmington Hills, Senate Majority Leader
  • Dr. Angela D. Dillard, Ann Arbor, academic community knowledgeable in African American history
  • Roy E. Finkenbine, Livonia, knowledgeable in historic preservation
  • Tim Gleisner, Lansing, Library of Michigan
  • Deidra E. Mayweather, Grand Rapids, general public
  • Michael S. Nassaney, Chair, Kalamazoo, academic community knowledgeable in African American history
  • Donna Odom, Kalamazoo, actively involved in civil rights issues
  • Robin Peebles, Lansing, Travel Michigan
  • Vivian L. Ritter, Battle Creek, local communities with significant UGRR presence
  • Jason Young, Ann Arbor, academic community knowledgeable in African American history

Third Annual Heritage Gathering - September 1-30, 2020

The Michigan Freedom Trail Commission and its partners, the Wayne County Community College District and Michigan History Center, announce the third annual Underground Railroad Heritage Gathering will take place as a series of virtual presentations on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in September 2020. 

The virtual sessions are free and open to individuals, organizations and communities interested in our statewide Underground Railroad heritage. 

This year's events, which will be hosted using the Zoom platform, include panel discussions, local research, tips for researching local Underground Railroad history and more. 

Download the PDF listing of sessions, presenters and registration links.

Once you register for a session, you will receive an email confirmation with the detailed event information, including log on credentials.

Questions? Contact Sheri Giffin at GiffinS@Michigan.gov.

2020 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. The building and visitor parking are on the north side of Kalamazoo Street, two blocks east of M. L. King Jr. Boulevard.

Commission Documents

Programs and Initiatives

Updated 10/16/2020