Performance-Based Lecture on Underground Railroad at West Bloomfield Library Feb. 22

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(Press Release, Feb.14, 2015)

Historian and former Pontiac Mayor Dr. Willie W. Payne 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, song 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 HowesLocationHis salt and pepper beard, brown knickers, boots, and ruffled white shirt help him transform into the character of an antebellum slave laborer.

Sunday, February 22, 2 p.m., WB Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road Sponsored by the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society and West Bloomfield Library. 248-757-2451

Also check out this previous story, including a section of Payne’s performance:

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