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The Underground Railroad:

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The Crosswhite Family's Story

Photo of Adam Crosswhite (Archives of Michigan)In 1843, Sara and Adam Crosswhite and their four children escaped from their master in Kentucky to Michigan. They traveled north on the Underground Railroad and settled in Marshall's "Niggertown."

In 1846, slave catchers came north to capture the Crosswhites. Neighbors and local officials fought back. They arrested the raiders and held them in the court overnight. They gave the Crosswhites time to escape to Canada. The raiders sued Marshall leaders for the value of the Crosswhites. The raiders won the suit, but the Crosswhites were free. They eventually returned to Michigan.

Photo: Adam Crosswhite (Archives of Michigan)


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