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Erastus Hussey Home

A Michigan Historic Site plaque commemorates the spot where Erastus Hussey lived in Battle Creek, Michigan, though the home no longer exists. A Quaker, Hussey was Battle Creek’s mayor and a state senator whose Battle Creek home was a station on the Underground Railroad. Hussey was an editor of the “Liberty Press,” a member of the Michigan Anti-Slavery Society and, as senator, introduced Michigan’s Personal Freedom Act of 1855, which helped restrict the Federal 1850 Fugitive Slave Act. He was instrumental in assisting 50-some fugitives during the “Kentucky Raid” in Cass County and helped over 1,000 freedom seekers on their way to Canada.

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