John McKinney

John McKinney (HM21VF)

Location: Brighton, MI 48116 Livingston County
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N 42° 31.781', W 83° 46.899'

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Brighton's Victorian Silhouettes

John McKinney arrived in Brighton in the 1850s as an escaped slave who most likely survived the dangers of hidden travel with the families who operated the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad helped Southern slaves escape to the North and to Canada under the cloak of darkness. John supported himself by performing odd jobs within the community. In later years he lived above the B.H. Lawson Bank and acted as a night security guard. The bank was built in 1871 and is today's Yum Yum Tree restaurant. John was about 70 when he died in 1892. His headstone is the first one seen upon entering Brighton's Old Village Cemetery and reads, "Stone erected by his friends in Brighton, whose true servant he was for 40 years."

Original Art by: Pamela Day
HM NumberHM21VF
Year Placed2017
Placed ByBrigton Area Historical Society, Brighton Art Guild, Downtown Brighton
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Date Added Monday, September 25th, 2017 at 7:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 271542 N 4712339
Decimal Degrees42.52968333, -83.78165000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 31.781', W 83° 46.899'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 31' 46.86" N, 83° 46' 53.94" W
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Area Code(s)810, 313, 586, 517, 248,
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 140 W Main St, Brighton MI 48116, US
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