This map has many of the sculptures in Michigan that honor American slaves’ struggle for freedom and African Americans’ fight for civil rights and an end to segregation. Here is a direct link to the map.


One of the Freedom Monuments is in Marshall, Michigan, and it is about the Adam Crosswhite affair, which happened prior to the Civil War.  Marshall residents fought off slave owners who came to capture Mr. Crosswhite. This was one of the incidents that led to the Civil War. Read more about that incident on this history page.


Perhaps the most interesting sculptures in the map above are on either side of the Detroit River, which symbolize the moment of freedom when slaves reached Canada. The role of Canada in providing a safe haven for runaway slaves cannot be under appreciated.   Learn more about the Canadian Lecture/Film series in Albion by clicking here.

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