The UGRR Youth Ensemble is patterned after the 1850’s actual organization.
The modern day black youth will travel back in time through library archives and museum exhibits to find the community ancestors who walked Detroit streets, more than seven generations past. Each youth selected for the project will research both a real Underground Railroad agent and an authentic freedom seeker.
Each youth will experience the trials and tribulations of real 19th century life…
Today’s youth are the same age as their subject characters who, 180 years ago started their life-changing escapades as teenagers. These unsung heroes of the past, revolutionized the Underground Railroad, which was a transportation entity that secretly and nonviolently, moved freedom seekers from America’s slave holding southern states to safe areas across Michigan and Ontario, Canada. Utilizing espionage, secret handshakes and passwords, the creative collection of determined Detroit ancestors forced the American government to revalue the institution of enslaving African people and their descendants.