Take a self-guided historical civil rights tour of the village of Romeo

ROMEO, Mich. – A new branch of the NAACP created a self-guided tour through Romeo Village so that people can learn more about his role in abolition and civil rights.

The self-guided tour takes people to the tombstones of the Black Union soldiers, a place where slaves were hidden along the Underground Railroad and more.

Romeo has a history of proactive movements for civil rights and social justice as early as the 1800s. There are many plaques and historical stories. There’s a house on Church Street, which served as a stop on the Underground Railroad.

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Tristom Craig is the first vice president of the new North Macomb County NAACP Branch. Craig is especially proud of the Driving Tour which was created because he grew up in Romeo. The road book and the map are available online.

The First Congregational Church was founded on July 4, 1876. It went against the grain by publicly supporting the rights of Africa 100 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Amanda Moore Elementary was named after the black woman who took charge of educating black children. And among the 14 stops on the tour is Second Baptist Church, the first black congregation established in Macomb County in 1917.

Click here to view the guide or to download it yourself.

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