DOCUMENTARIES

UGRR - Documentary

THE COLLECTION: DOCUMENTARIES

Explore the Underground Railroad through our extensive documentary collection. Allow this visual media to take you back in time when a large population of Americans were still enslaved, but were actively fighting this oppression.

1 - Dr. Genna Rae McNeil, professor of history at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, presents on her archival findings of the Second Baptist Church of Detroit collection. Within the featured clips, Dr. McNeil talks about Second Baptist Church’s Underground Railroad history and the important items in their collection.

2 - NAACP Laying a Firm Foundation, On the Front Lines, and The Fight Continues are a three-part series that commemorates the history of the Detroit Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Part One, Laying a Firm Foundation, begins with the organization of the NAACP, in 1909, and the Detroit branch, in 1912. Part Two, On the Front Lines, features the 20th Century struggles and challenges of the Detroit Branch NAACP. Part Three, The Fight Continues, talks about the continued struggles today that face the Detroit Branch NAACP.

3 - Reaching Out to Freedom chronicles the history of Second Baptist Church of Detroit from the 1830s as a small black church, to the present, as a thriving force in the black community.

4 - The Quest for Justice: African American Lawyers in Michigan tells the history of the Wolverine Bar Association. For over 75 years the Wolverine Bar Association has supported the courage and commitment of black lawyers in Michigan. The WBA reminds us that, with dedication, we can pursue the principle of “equal access & equal justice under law”.

5 – The Underground Railroad in Detroit, Michigan, and the Midwest are three short documentaries that tell the story of important Underground Railroad activists and historic sites. In the Underground Railroad in Detroit the documentary features George DeBaptiste, Second Baptist Church of Detroit, and Seymour Finney’s Hotel and Barn. In the Underground Railroad in Michigan the documentary explores the life of Laura Haviland, the Crosswhite Family and features important cities like Ann Arbor and Battle Creek. The Underground Railroad in the Midwest highlights Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Ohio and the important activists that assisted freedom seekers in these states.

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Dr. Genna Rae McNeil Presentation Clip 1

In Clip One of Dr. Genna Rae McNeil's presentation, given to Second Baptist Church of Detroit, Dr. McNeil talks about the importance of the church's history and role in the city of Detroit.

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Dr. Genna Rae McNeil Presentation Clip 2

In Clip Two of Dr. Genna Rae McNeil's presentation, given to Second Baptist Church of Detroit, Dr. McNeil reports on her findings of the church's collection and archives. The collection is an estimated 100 linear feet of paper materials and 100 linear feet of media materials.

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Dr. Genna Rae McNeil Presentation Clip 3

In Clip Three of Dr. Genna Rae McNeil's presentation, given to Second Baptist Church of Detroit, Dr. McNeil talks about the high value pieces in the collection, including the Deacon Board Reports and audiotapes.

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Dr. Genna Rae McNeil Presentation Clip 4

In Clip Four of Dr. Genna Rae McNeil's presentation, given to Second Baptist Church of Detroit, Dr. McNeil showcases important items within the church's collection.

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Dr. Genna Rae McNeil Presentation Clip 5

In Clip Five of Dr. Genna Rae McNeil's presentation, given to Second Baptist Church of Detroit, Dr. McNeil highlights the colleciton's newsletters and photographs.

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Dr. Genna Rae McNeil Presentation Clip 6

In Clip Six of Dr. Genna Rae McNeil's presentation, given to Second Baptist Church of Detroit, Dr. McNeil recommends five solutions for preserving and sustaining the collection and archives.

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Madman or Martyr Clip 1

Clip 1 of Madman or Martyr focuses on the early life of John Brown. Madman or Martyr is a documentary on the life of John Brown, the Underground Railroad, and the Abolitionist Movement. Directed by Luke Jaden.

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Madman or Martyr Clip 2

Clip 2 of Madman or Martyr focuses on the Underground Railroad. Madman or Martyr is a documentary on the life of John Brown, the Underground Railroad, and the Abolitionist Movement. Directed by Luke Jaden.

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Madman or Martyr Clip 3

Clip 3 of Madman or Martyr focuses on the Raid at Harper's Ferry. Madman or Martyr is a documentary on the life of John Brown, the Underground Railroad, and the Abolitionist Movement. Directed by Luke Jaden.

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Madman or Martyr Clip 4

Clip 4 of Madman or Martyr focuses on John Brown's Legacy. Madman or Martyr is a documentary on the life of John Brown, the Underground Railroad, and the Abolitionist Movement. Directed by Luke Jaden.

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This program was funded by the U.S. Department of Education Underground Railroad Educational and Cultural Program.