Battle Creek was the home of abolitionist Erastus Hussey and, later, of Sojourner Truth. Many religious migrants from New England and New York settled in and around Battle Creek following the Second Great Awakening. Baptist and Methodist preachers were the first to make settlements there in the 1830s. Quakers also settled in the region and were very involved in the Underground Railroad. Much of Battle Creek’s connection to the Underground Railroad comes from Erastus Hussey and the legacy of abolitionist Sojourner Truth.