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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Madman or Martyr Full

This is the full version of Madman or Martyr a documentary on the life of John Brown, the Underground Railroad, and the Abolitionist Movement. Directed by Luke Jaden.

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NAACP Laying a Firm Foundation

Laying a Firm Foundation begins with the organization of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1909 in response to racial violence. The Detroit Branch of the NAACP was organized just three years later, in 1912. The founders of the Detroit Branch NAACP had a strong foundation upon which to build in fighting for political, legal, civic, and social rights, dating back to the 19th century.

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NAACP On the Front Lines

On the Front Lines focuses on the NAACP during the beginning of the 20th century. As Detroit's black middle class grows it also sparks the creation of social networks and institutions essential to the development of the Detroit NAACP.

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NAACP The Fight Continues

The Fight Continues shows how the Detroit Branch of the NAACP has stayed relevant in the 21st century by continuing the fight against marginalization, discrimination and disfranchisement.

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Reaching Out to Freedom The History of Second Baptist Church

Reaching Out to Freedom chronicles the history of Second Baptist Church of Detroit from the 1830s, as a small black church, to the present. The film highlights such vital members as George DeBaptiste, Fannie Richards, and Reverend Robert L. Bradby, Sr. For 175 years Second Baptist Church has remained one of the most significant historical sites still functioning in the world.

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The Quest for Justice

"The Quest for Justice: African American Lawyers in Michigan" tells the story of the Wolverine Bar Association and black lawyers in Michigan.

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The Struggle Against Slavery Website Launch Event

The Struggle Against Slavery Website Launch Event featuring keynote speaker Hari Jones, Curator/Assistant Director of the National African American Civil War Museum.

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Underground Railroad in Detroit

This short documentary explores the important Underground Railroad activists, historic sites, and communities in Detroit, Michigan.

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Underground Railroad in Michigan

This short documentary explores the important Underground Railroad activists, historic sites, and communities in the state of Michigan.

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Underground Railroad in the Midwest

This short documentary explores the important Underground Railroad activists, historic sites, and communities in the Midwest.

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