Underground Railroad Michigan Connection Oak Park Feb. 24

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(Oak Park Library Press Release, Feb. 17, 2015)

On Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 7pm historian Dr. Willie Payne will present The Underground Railroad: A Michigan Connection at the Oak Park Library, 14200 Oak Park Blvd.

Payne will highlight the southern fugitive slave’s struggle to escape captivity and Michigan abolitionists and free Blacks that assisted them via the Underground Railroad. He uses music, DDAnew01song and photos of local Underground Railroad stops to narrate stories and describe places used to harbor runaways. The audience will be treated to a medley of Negro spirituals which illustrate how slaves used songs to communicate escape plans His salt and pepper beard, brown knickers, boots, and ruffled white shirt help him transform into the character of an antebellum slave laborer.

Also check out this previous story, including a section of Payne’s performance: http://oaklandcounty115.com/2014/07/27/pontiacs-pine-grove-museum-shares-civil-war-history-video/

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