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There is a renewed effort to erect a monument along the little Calumet river honoring the  Underground Railroad, the Jan Ton farm, which operated as a safe house, and the role that our region played in assisting freedom seekers from the south during the 1800s.

A recent meeting held at Carver military Academy gathered people from a number of different categories: academia, public officials, Forest Preserves, Nat. Park Service, Park District, Field Museum, school parents and teachers from Carver H.S., Historical Societies, and a number of folks from the surrounding community. In all, there were over 25 people in attendance. A representative from a nearby Chicago fire house which is interested in the project was there, as well. 

Retired professor Larry McClellan, who has researched and written extensively on the topic, gave a captivating, informative power point presentation that kept the audience spellbound. During audience participation, everyone had something to add to the conversation. Many of the attendees signed on to participate in some way as things go along. They signed volunteer slips agreeing to work on outreach, recruitment, special events, fundraising, etc.

Professor (ret.) Larry McClellan

Tom Shepherd   (Photos courtesy of Tom Shepherd)

It was very encouraging to have over 25 people on hand, and there are plans to hold another meeting on March 8. 

Anyone interested in further information or in joining in the effort can call or email:

Tom Shepherd

Calumet Underground Railroad Monument Committee (in formation)

773-370-3305    -



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