04 June 2010
The nation's largest monument to the Underground Railroad can be found in Battle Creek, Michigan. The 28 foot long and 14 foot high bronze statue was made possible by the generosity of the WK Kellogg Foundation and Glenn A. Cross Estate. Sculptor Ed Dwight's monument can be found near WK Kellogg's House, entrance off of W. Van Buren Street. The lovely park like setting with flower-lined pathways showcases the beauty of the statue. A information kiosk is on site to provide further information.
This statue honors the men and women who operated the Underground Railroad. Specifically, Harriet Tubman and Erastus and Sarah Hussey. Harriet Tubman, best known conductor of the Underground Railroad, travelled the country helping slaves, but never came to Battle Creek.
The statue depicts scenes of families escaping by horse drawn wagon, moving through a forest and seeking refuge in a cellar.
During the 1840's and 1850's historians estimate that 1500 fugitive slaves passed through Battle Creek.
If you are ever in Battle Creek, add the Underground Railroad Monument to you list to see. And if the jeopardy answer is 'you will find the largest monument to the underground railroad here' You can say, "What is Battle Creek, Michigan?"