Incredible Journey to Midnight: Detroit Underground Railroad Lantern Walking / People Mover Tour

Feb 2014 “Black History Month” – We take the tour inside!

Incredible Journey to Midnight presentation for Lincoln Park Preservation Alliance

Monday, Feb 10 @  7 PM / Free – Public Welcome / Ikaros Hall, 1677 Fort Street, Lincoln Park

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Second Baptist Church Tour (Croghan Street Station on the UGRR)

Saturday, Feb 22 @ 11:30 AM / $6 Adults, $4 Youth / 441 Monroe Street, Detroit

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2014 Saturday night tour dates TBA soon!

Book your private group tour now! Call 734.642.5712

 REAL DEAL:  *Use discount code *RealDeal* when ordering online or via phone and SAVE $5 off tickets. (RealDeal valid through Oct 19, 2013. Discount not valid with other discounts or special offers).

(Group rates available for parties of 12 or more. Call for reservation)

Sat/Sun afternoon tours available for groups of 12 or more. Weekday tours available for school groups and other interested parties.

Tours depart promptly from corner of Beaubien & Monroe, in front of Greektown PeopleMover Station exit stairs


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All aboard the famous train without any tracks! 

“What an informative and interesting tour tonight! The historic “actors” really added a touch of reality as we walked the stops and history of the Underground Railroad. I will definitely recommend this to my friends and family!” Lynn, Dearborn Heights

“You did a terrific job.  The four of us enjoyed the Underground Railroad tour very much. The actors, the timing, the incredible research that went into this tour – all were top notch. We have been raving about this tour since and have encouraged other friends to take it.”  Carol, Grosse Pointe

Gateway to Freedom Monument in Hart Plaza

Join us as we travel under the cover of darkness throughout Midnight, code for Detroit, and retrace the steps of Freedom Seekers at this important, final stop on the long and treacherous journey to freedom.

Follow our  lantern-carrying guide around town and hear the stories of the brave people who escaped the shackles of the horrendous institution known as slavery and sought freedom across the river in Canda, the prominent abolitionists who aided them,  and the  influential politicians, who courageously raised their voices against oppressive ideology.

In front of where the William Webb house once stood on a very rainy night.

Discover the role our courts played in enforcing the unpopular fugitive slave laws and how local episodes of popular resistance impacted the entire nation.

Documented hiding places, the Frederick Douglas and John Brown meeting spot and the section of town where the horrific race riot of 1863, dubbed “the bloodiest day that ever dawned upon Detroit” erupted are just a few of the many  sites we’ll visit on this tour.

Long underplayed or never told, Detroit’s role in the Underground Railroad and the abolition movement is one of many Detroit stories that beg to be told!

Important: Minimum participants are required for all tours. Hometown History Tours reserves the right to cancel tours when minimum participant requirements are not met. While we welcome same day registration if space permits, please call us in advance to make sure tour is a go.

This is a walking/people mover tour with emphasis on walking. Wear comfy shoes and dress for the weather. 

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From Belle Isle to Eight Mile, down Woodward Avenue – an original American byway  and site of the nation’s first mile of concrete highway, to Gate 4 of Ford’s infamous Rouge Plant bridge to the Gateway to Freedom at the river’s edge, Hometown History Tours reveals the stories of Detroit that beg to be told.

Cast members Incredible Journey to Midnight: Detroit Underground Railroad Lantern Tour (L-R) Charles Little, NaKeesha Hayes, Jim Barfuss.

Cast members Incredible Journey to Midnight: Detroit Underground Railroad Lantern Tour (L-R) Charles Little, NaKeesha Hayes, Jim Barfuss.


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5 responses »

  1. […] Labor Day weekend) if needed plus some afternoon performances? (Check out schedule and tour details here). Also, I’ll be pitching this tour to schools, youth groups, churches, so we may end up with […]

  2. […] Underground Railroad played a pivotal role in American history providing a route to freedom for many enslaved Africans.  Not actually a railroad it was a series of safe houses, and points of guidance and assistance […]

  3. I toured with the best tonight along Detroit’s Underground Railroad! This company was well organized, reasonably priced, incredibly knowledgeable, and the actors portraying historical giants along the way were talented in song and role playing! Thank you for making my first trip to Detroit so memorable! I cannot say enough about how much I enjoyed learning about this piece of important history through people portraying Living History.

  4. […] We also still have a role available for a white male to portray Senators Jacob Merritt Howard and Zachariah Chandler on Saturday night’s (Sep 7 – Sep 28) Incredible Journey to Midnight: Detroit Underground Railroad Lantern Tour.  […]

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