School house on Fort Street in Detroit near Elmwood Cemetery believed to be the “black” school during the Underground Railroad days. As many as 700 students were taught in this building prior to the Civil War when it was illegal to educate black people.

School house on Fort Street in Detroit near Elmwood Cemetery believed to be the “black” school during the Underground Railroad days. As many as 700 students were taught in this building prior to the Civil War when it was illegal to educate black people.

There were almost 100 businesses owned by black people in Detroit prior to the Civil War. A black man was the first to own and operate an Ice Cream Polar which was located on Bates Street in the 1860’s Bates Street which was home to many minority businesses was “gentrified” in the 1970’s to make way for the I-75 freeway.

There were almost 100 businesses owned by black people in Detroit prior to the Civil War. A black man was the first to own and operate an Ice Cream Polar which was located on Bates Street in the 1860’s Bates Street which was home to many minority businesses was “gentrified” in the 1970’s to make way for the I-75 freeway.

There were many Underground Railroad sites in and around Detroit, Michigan. One famous hiding spot was Finney’s Barn near the corner of Griswald and State Streets. It is said that while the slave hunter’s were enjoying themselves in the hotel, the freedom seekers were hiding in the barn only a few feet away!

There were many Underground Railroad sites in and around Detroit, Michigan. One famous hiding spot was Finney’s Barn near the corner of Griswald and State Streets. It is said that while the slave hunter’s were enjoying themselves in the hotel, the freedom seekers were hiding in the barn only a few feet away!

The Finney Barn was one location that was known to have hidden run a ways. There was also suppose to be an underground tunnel that went from the barn to the Detroit River where freedom seekers would cross to get to Canada.

The Finney Barn was one location that was known to have hidden run a ways. There was also suppose to be an underground tunnel that went from the barn to the Detroit River where freedom seekers would cross to get to Canada.

Detroit, Michigan had one of the highest number of black troops in the Civil War. The 102nd Colored Troops from the State of Michigan had more then 1600 recruits. Many of these men had fled slavery via the Underground Railroad and went back to fight for their freedom.

Detroit, Michigan had one of the highest number of black troops in the Civil War. The 102nd Colored Troops from the State of Michigan had more then 1600 recruits. Many of these men had fled slavery via the Underground Railroad and went back to fight for their freedom.

The African American Mysteries, Underground Youth Ensemble, is designed to bring African American history alive in an exciting, informative, and creative manner for both the youth and adult audiences.

Too many Americans find history, in general, to be boring and not related to today’s realities. African American history has been especially neglected in history books and has been designated to being taught in American school classrooms only one month per year, February.

Youth have always been able to teach other youth lessons that seem allusive for teachers and scholars. The Mysteries Youth Ensemble will be the youth history ambassadors who will find a way to connect with the conscious of their generation.

The Mysteries Youth Ensemble will also teach adult historians how to reach the youth by sensitizing us to working with new technology, new forms of presentation, and targeting in on the interests of the younger generations.

The African American Mysteries will bring the unique Detroit Underground Railroad activities to the forefront. Names will finally be given to the invisible people who 180 years ago aspired to live the American dream despite laws that condemned them to an animal status.

And finally, because most of the original Underground Railroad leaders were teenagers when they started their freedom activities, the African American Mysteries and the Underground Railroad Boot Camp will inspire young people in today’s society to become involved with humanitarian activities that could change history!

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