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Underground Railroad opens speaker series in E. Dundee

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  • Marge Edwards of the Dundee Township Historical Society talks about the Underground Railroad and local citizens who helped slaves escape to freedom at The Depot Museum on Saturday.

       Marge Edwards of the Dundee Township Historical Society talks about the Underground Railroad and local citizens who helped slaves escape to freedom at The Depot Museum on Saturday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • A photo of Allan Pinkerton is part of a mix of photos and articles about Dundee's involvement with the Underground Railroad brought by presenter Marge Edwards of the Dundee Township Historical Society. Pinkerton had a shop at Main and Third streets in East Dundee that was a stop on the Underground Railroad.

       A photo of Allan Pinkerton is part of a mix of photos and articles about Dundee's involvement with the Underground Railroad brought by presenter Marge Edwards of the Dundee Township Historical Society. Pinkerton had a shop at Main and Third streets in East Dundee that was a stop on the Underground Railroad.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Bonnie McConnell of East Dundee skims through the book. "I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865" after hearing a presentation about the Underground Railroad.

       Bonnie McConnell of East Dundee skims through the book. "I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865" after hearing a presentation about the Underground Railroad.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 
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The Depot Museum in East Dundee launched its Depot Market Historical Speaker Series Saturday with a presentation about the Underground Railroad and local citizens who were involved in helping slaves escape to freedom.

Marge Edwards of East Dundee and the Dundee Township Historical Society spoke to a large crowd. She brought an array of photos and articles she displayed about the area's involvement with the Underground Railroad.

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One photo was of Allan Pinkerton, founder of the famous Pinkerton Detective Agency. Pinkerton was a cooper -- barrel maker -- and lived in East Dundee from 1843 to 1850. His shop was located at Main and Third Streets and was a stop on the Underground Railroad.

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