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The Underground Railroad

Photo-technically speaking, this picture may not be particularly special, but in connection with the history of the United States, the significance of this monument is all the more important. The monument is officially called the Gateway to Freedom International Memorial to the Underground Railroad. Located at Philip A. Hart Plaza in Detroit, it was designed by Edward Dwight, dedicated in 2001 and it commemorates Detroit’s role in the Underground Railroad.

The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses (it was not a real railroad) in the United States, developed in the 19th century, that was used by African-American slaves, who, helped by abolitionists, tried to escape to free states and Canada. Most freed slaves sought refuge in Ontario, Canada. Detroit was one of the largest terminals for the Underground (codename: Midnight) and at first many former slaves settled in the city itself. After the abolition of slavery in Canada in 1834 and the passing of the Fugitive Slave Act in the U.S. in 1850, Canada proved a safer place and many people crossed the River Detroit into Canada. The monument shows six former slaves. The man in the middle (he points towards Canada, but this cannot be seen in the picture) was George DeBaptist, who helped many slaves to get to the other side.

Seen on the other side of the river is Windsor, Ontario, from where I took my first post of this year’s travelogue.

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Exif data:
Make: SONY
Model: DSC-HX400V
Software: PaintShop Pro 16,00
Exposure Time: 1/500 sec
F-Stop: f/3.5
ISO Speed Ratings: 80
Focal Length: 597/100 mm
Date Taken: 2018-07-26 18:20
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, auto mode
File Size: 1536 kb

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