By Michael Nassaney, PhD
Southwest Michigan attracted freedom seekers on the Underground Railroad as abolitionists worked secretly to conduct African Americans who had escaped enslavement along the route north to free states and Canada. Learn how archaeologists uncovered evidence of this clandestine organization as Dr. Michael Nassaney discusses his investigations, research, and findings related to this fascinating operation.
Dr. Michael Nassaney is an archaeologist, author, editor, consultant, and Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Western Michigan University. From 1988-2020 he served as the principal investigator of the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project, an interdisciplinary program in community service that focuses on the site of Fort St. Joseph in Niles, Michigan. He directed the investigations of the Underground Railroad in Cass County in 2002. Nassaney has published numerous works on the archaeology of eastern North America, including The Archaeology of the North American Fur Trade (University Press of Florida, 2015) and Fort St. Joseph Revealed (University Press of Florida, 2019).