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Cass County, Michigan

Cass County, Michigan has an extremely rich history of Underground Railroad activity. By the middle of the nineteenth century, Cass County’s black population rivaled Detroit’s. Cass County abolitionists harbored thousands of freedom-seeking men and women, and thousands of blacks both fugitive and free settled in the area as early as 1836. Three prominent centers of Underground Railroad activity in the county were Calvin Township, Vandalia and Ramptown.

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