An article in the July/August AAA Michigan Living magazine on how downtown Detroit has made a comeback prominently features a photo of the Underground Railroad monument on the Riverwalk at Hart Plaza, properly linking the Detroit River with freedom.
At the Freedom Museum in Chicago's McCormick Tower -- itself the repository of historic artifacts from around the world embedded in three of its walls -- of all events that could re recounted in the section on African-Americans is the visit by Michigander Sojourner Truth to President Lincoln in October '64 [http://www.freedommuseum.us/html/freedomforall.php?section=1&part=1].
At a concert in Millenium Park's Pritzker Pavilion last week, part of a program on American music during the freedom holiday week, a work by William Grant Still entitled "In Memoriam: The Colored Soldiers Who Died For Democracy" was played by the Grant Park Orchestra. Composed in 1930, some seven decades after the Civil War, its title evokes the unfulfilled promise of the new birth of freedom. Still attended Oberlin College (among several post-secondary institutions) -- was he there when Bruce Catton was (1916-17)?