Underground Railroad Hand Bill 1853
The underground railroad (UGRR) hand-bill below appears in the book, “History of Detroit and Michigan.” Click the hand-bill to read about fugitive slave law and efforts of UGRR workers to transport fugitive slaves to freedom.
The William Webb Residence
Above is the William Webb residence located at 185 E. Congress St. between St. Antoine and Hastings in Detroit, MI. Mr. Webb was a black grocer who sold produce and other goods from the first floor of his home. Having a fair completion with angular features, Mr. Webb was able to blend in at various Detroit saloons to eaves drop on conversations, thereby ascertaining the plans of slave catchers. Mr. Webb was a member of the “African-American Mysteries: The Order of the Men of Oppression,” founded by William Lambert. This organization concealed, protected and transported fugitive slaves from Detroit, MI into Canada. On March 12, 1859, John Brown and Frederick Douglass were allowed to conduct a meeting at Mr. Webb’s home regarding the Harper’s Ferry raid.
Sources | Historical Marker at the site of the William Webb residence: Google Maps.
William Webb Residence Photo: U-M Library Digital Collections. Early Detroit Images from the Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library. Accessed: February 11, 2009. John Brown Photo: Google Books. Frederick Douglass Photo: Google Books. Second Baptist Church Rendering: Google Books. Finney Barn Photo : Google Books.