Gateway to Freedom


Several routes of the Underground Railroad went through Michigan. This statue commemorates the route through Detroit. Another favorite crossing point was south of Detroit near where Amherstburg, Ontario is located. This is, perhaps, the narrowest Point in the Detroit River. And by the mid-1830s, there was a modest population of former slaves living there who aided other to escape to freedom

Hart Plaza Detroit, Michigan
Ed Dwight commissioned by Detroit 300
Group Acknowledged: 
African American slaves on the underground railroad.
Date of Dedication: 
October 20, 2001
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