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Jackson cemetery recognized for involvement in Underground Railroad

Credit: FOX 47 News Michigan
Published on July 30, 2019 - Duration: 02:20s

Jackson cemetery recognized for involvement in Underground Railroad

If you're up on your mid-Michigan history, you know the city of Jackson is known for being the birthplace of the Republican Party and the Coney Dog.

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Jackson cemetery recognized for involvement in Underground Railroad

MID-MICHIGAN HISTORY,, YOU KNOWTHE CITY OF JACKSON IS KNOWN FORBEING THE BIRTHPLACE OF THEREPUBLICAN PARTY,,, AND THECONEY DOG.AND AS FOX 47'S KELLAN BUDDYTELLS US...ONE OF THE CITY'SHISTORIC CEMETERIES IS NOWENJOYING THE NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT."BEING THE OLDEST IN JACKSON,MOUNTEVERGREEN CEMETERY HAS A LOT OFHISTORY TO ITS NAME.IF YOU TAKE A CLOSER LOOK,THERE'S MORE HISTORY TOIT THAN JUST ITS AGE.""A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK THAT YOUHAVE TO GO SOMEWHERE TOEXPERIENCE HISTORY.

BUT I THINKTHIS IS A GREAT LESSON THATHISTORY IS IN OUR OWN BACKYARD."IT'S A RESTING PLACE FORSOLDIERS WHO FOUGHT INAMERICA'S MAJOR WARS...IT'S ALSOA TRIBUTE TO SOME OF AMERICA'SUNSUNG HEROES."WE HAVE SEVEN PEOPLE HERE THATWERE INVOLVED IN THE UNDERGROUNDRAILROAD IN JACKSON COUNTY TOVARIOUS DEGREES."SIX OF THEM...LIVING NORMALLIVES BY DAY...ANDHELPING SLAVES ESCAPE TO FREEDOMBY NIGHT.A SEVENTH SITE...THE GRAVE OFEMMA NICHOLS..."SHE ESCAPED SLAVERY IN VIRGINIAAND MADE HER WAY UP HERE TOJACKSON."NICHOLS LIVED OUT HER LIFE WITHHER HUSBAND-- WHOALSO ESCAPED FROM SLAVERY-- INTHE CITY THAT SAVED HER...ANDDIED IN 1916.THE CEMETERY WAS ADDED TO THENATIONAL PARKSERVICE'S NETWORK TOFREEDOM...JOINING OVERSIX-HUNDRED OTHER HISTORIC SITESAROUND THECOUNTRY."THE POINT OF THE PROGRAM IS TOCALL ATTENTION TO THESE FUTURESITESSO THAT FUTURE GENERATIONS CANLEARN ABOUT THEM AND LEARN ABOUTTHE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD."MOUNT EVERGREEN WAS GIVENSTATEWIDERECOGNITION THIS SPRING WITH AHISTORICAL MARKER...A TESTAMENTTO THE RESEARCH DONE BYMANY IN THE CITY OF JACKSON."IT'S TAKEN A LOT OF DECADES TOGREAT TO HAVE THAT NATIONALRECOGNITION,BUT IT'S GREAT TO HONOR THESEBRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO RISKEDSO MUCH TO PROVIDE FREEDOM TOPEOPLE.

THAT'S A REALLY GREATTHING THAT WE WANT TO COMMENDAND HONOR.""MOUNT EVERGREEN CEMETERY IS ONTHE CITY'SUNDERGROUND RAILROADTOUR...VISITORS FROM ALL OVERTHE STATE AND THE COUNTRY CANCOME HERETO LEARN ABOUT JACKSON'SINVOLVEMENT IN ONE OF THEBIGGEST PARTS OF AMERICANHISTORY.

INJACKSON KB FOX 47 NEWS."TO LEARN MORE ABOUT JACKSON ANDTHE UNDERGROUINDRAILROAD...CLICK ONTHIS STORY ON OUR WEBSITE -- FOX47 NEWS DOT COM... OR ON THE FOX47 NEWS AP

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