Rev. Guy Beckley home, 1425 Pontiac Trail (photo 1930s)


Rev. Guy Beckley home, 1425 Pontiac Trail (photo 1930s)

Rev. Guy Beckley was a "conductor" on the Underground Railroad, even though it was a federal crime to help escaping slaves. His house nearby on Pontiac Trail was one of several secret "stations" in the area. Caroline Quarlls, who escaped from slavery, stayed with Beckley on her journey to freedom in Canada. Michigan's Anti-Slavery Society was established in Ann Arbor in 1836. Starting in 1841, its newspaper, The Signal of Liberty, which called for the abolition of slavery in the United States, was published in the Huron Block, directly across Broadway from here, by Beckley and his co-editor Theodore Foster. Beckley died in 1847.

Read more about the Signal of Liberty newspaper and the Underground Railrod in The Underground Railroad in Ann Arbor by Grace Shackman, Pictorial History of Ann Arbor: Churches, Theater, and Newspapers, and Ann Arbor Founders: Ann Arbor, Abolition, and the Civil War.

Image courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library




Rev. Guy Beckley home, 1425 Pontiac Trail


Rev. Guy Beckley home, 1425 Pontiac Trail

Read about Guy Beckley's house in: the Ann Arbor Architecture Archive

Another photograph of Beckley's home and additional information is available on the Underground Railroad panel of the Downtown Ann Arbor Historical Street Exhibit Program online.

Read more about the Signal of Liberty newspaper and the Underground Railroad in The Underground Railroad in Ann Arbor by Grace Shackman, Pictorial History of Ann Arbor: Churches, Theater, and Newspapers, and Ann Arbor Founders: Ann Arbor, Abolition, and the Civil War.




Signal of Liberty, May 22, 1843 (BL000830)


Signal of Liberty, May 22, 1843 (BL000830)

Bentley Image Bank: BL000830

Read more about the Signal of Liberty newspaper and the Underground Railroad in The Underground Railroad in Ann Arbor by Grace Shackman, Pictorial History of Ann Arbor: Churches, Theater, and Newspapers, and Ann Arbor Founders: Ann Arbor, Abolition, and the Civil War.

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.




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