Incredible Journey to Midnight: Detroit Underground Railroad Lantern Walking / People Mover Tour
All Aboard the famous train without tracks
Public tours begin in June. 2015 schedule/registration posted April 19.
Tours depart promptly from corner of Beaubien & Monroe, in front of Greektown PeopleMover Station exit stairs
Group rates available for groups of 12 or more. Large groups can book private tour on other dates. Call for details
“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
Join us and travel throughout Midnight, code for Detroit, to 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 incredible stories of the brave people who risked their lives escaping the horrors of slavery in search of freedom across the river in Canada, prominent abolitionists who aided them, and influential politicians, who courageously raised their voices against oppressive ideology, and changed the course of history.
Incredible Journey to Midnight: Detroit Underground Railroad Lantern Tour is more “experience” than tour.
Discover the role our courts played in enforcing the unpopular fugitive slave laws and how local episodes of popular resistance impacted the entire nation.
New this year!
Sit in the dark, isolated Croghan Street Station an authentic safe house located in the basement of historic Second Baptist Church and experience firsthand the frightening conditions Freedom Seekers endured during their long journey to freedom.
Frederick Douglass/John Brown meeting spot, Finney hotel and barn, and section of town where the horrific race riot of 1863, “the bloodiest day that ever dawned upon Detroit” erupted are just a few of the stops on this tour.
You never know what influential people may be in town on the night of our tours. Perhaps you’ll see Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, George DeBaptiste, Seymour Finney, Laura Haviland, or Senator Howard.
Long underplayed or never told, Detroit’s role in the Underground Railroad and the abolition movement is one of many Detroit stories that begs 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.
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.