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Michigan Freedom Trail Commission

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

Commission Members

  • Melinda Babarskis, Chair, Lansing, Library of Michigan
  • Patrina Chapman, Detroit, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
  • Amanda J. Campbell, Harrisville, knowledgeable in historic preservation
  • Rochelle E. Danquah, Farmington Hills, Academic community knowledgeable in African American history
  • Roy E. Finkenbine, Livonia, academic community knowledgeable in African American history
  • Kimberly Holley, Battle Creek, Local communities in which UGRR had significant people
  • Randal Jelks, Grand Rapids, Academic community knowledgeable in African American History
  • Jamon Jordan, Detroit, actively involved in civil rights
  • Adelaide Lancaster, Ypsilanti, Member at Large
  • Robin Peebles, Lansing, Travel Michigan
  • Priscilla D. Robinson, Vice Chair, Detroit, member-at-large

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, all meetings are held in person at the Michigan Library and Historical Center in the Morris Learning Center (first floor, east wing); attendance via Zoom is also available. Agendas will be posted here in PDF format as they become available. 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.

Accessibility Notice: To request an accommodation or other assistance for effective participation, please contact the person listed below as far in advance as possible to the scheduled event. All reasonable efforts will be made to arrange requested accommodations. Please contact: Sheri Giffin, Executive Secretary, at 517-231-1299 or

2024 Meeting Schedule

Meetings begin at 11 a.m. and are open to the public

  • Feb. 23
  • May 10, Agenda
  • Join the May Zoom Meeting
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  • Nov. 15

Meeting minutes

For minutes of meetings held before 2021, please send an email request to