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UDM Professor Discusses: "Love Stories from the Underground Railroad"

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February 09, 2015

University of Detroit Mercy Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine will discuss “Love Stories from the Underground Railroad” on Feb. 13 at noon in the Ballroom of the Student Center on the McNichols Campus.    Finkenbine railroad

Finkenbine will discuss three of these couples, including teenage lovers George and Edy Duncan, who helped pioneer the route taken by freedom seekers heading to Canada; Lear Green, who shipped herself northward in a box to rejoin her free black husband; and the light-skinned Ellen Craft, who posed as a master traveling with his slave as she and her husband William ran away to freedom. Most individuals who ran away from slavery were single young men fleeing bondage alone or in pairs.  A number of couples also escaped along the Underground Railroad, however, motivated by the desire to be married and raise families in freedom. 

Finkenbine, Director of the Black Abolitionist Archive at UDM, has written and lectured extensively about the Underground Railroad, seeking to put a human face on the phenomenon.  His talk is one of several events sponsored by UDM during February to celebrate Black History Month.  The talk is also timed to coincide with Valentine’s Day.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Student Life and the Black Abolitionist Archive.  A light lunch will be served.

For more information, contact Roy E. Finkenbine at 313-993-1016 or by email atfinkenre@udmercy.edu.

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