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George DeBaptiste

George DeBaptiste
George DeBaptiste
I first encountered this iconic figure in the Detroit Historical Collection long before beginning THE ALLARDS SERIES. Once into the project, I realized the Underground Railroad and its French connection would eventually be a part of the series. Introducing George’s family early in the books was my invention and not necessarily accurate. He was born a free black in Virginia and did work his way into the abolition movement including the Second Baptist Church, the Underground Railroad and Detroit’s black regiment. Much of his part in BOOK SIX, is accurate. You can find an excellent summary of his life at http://detroithistorical.org/learn/encyclopedia-of-detroit/debaptiste-george. Read More 
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