Detroit played a prominent role in U.S. abolitionists' efforts to end slavery in the United States. It was one of the last stops on the Underground Railroad, a stopping point when slaves were on their way to be smuggled out of the country.
Lester Graham of Here & Now contributor Michigan Radio visits the Second Baptist Church, Michigan's oldest African-American church, where many slaves hid until they could make safe passage to Canada.
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This segment aired on August 25, 2015.