THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thursday, March 3, 1977
Page EIght THE MICHIGAN DAILY Thursday, March 3, 1977
Ann Arbor was rest stop
on underground railroad
(Continued from Page 1) restored in 1933, said that much and said the role of blacks in
of The Signal of Liberty, Ann of the talk about underground the abolitionist movement has
Arbor's then-abolitionist news- tunnels is js fantasy.' been downplayed both in Ann
One rumor has it 'that a tun-
paper. nel underground once led to an-.Arbor and Eastern states. "His-
In one typical Signal editorial. other house further down the torically, you hear a lot about
Beckley confessed that he street. "When people hear un- the white abolitionists, but their
helped runaway slaves make derground railroad, they imme- part was mainly providing
their way to Canada: "It is with diately think of underground money. Black -families did most
the utmost pleasure that we aid passages and tunnels," Bertoni of the hiding of the runaways,"
and assist them in their flight said. "The truth is that the sys- he said.
from southern kidnappers," he tem just wasn't that well organ- Horton added that the very
said. ized." first abolitionist was the "first
U n i v e r s i t y History Prof. slave brought here from Af-
BECKLEY'S ardent abolition- James Horton agreed that the rta."
ism, gave rise to rumors and underground railroad was not And if Kunta Kinte hIad suc-
legend, which continue to linger the sophisticated network of cessfully escaped the plantation
long after the era of slaves and folklore. "It wasn't a very for- in Virginia, is it possible that
slave-catchers. Some of the mal organization. In fact. it was Alex Haley's ancestor would
"old-timers" from Ann Arbor's a very informal organization. have ended up right here in Ann
north-end still refer to the Beck- The underground railroad was I1Arbor?
ley house as "The Old Slave jutpol pn epe" h "Probably n," replied Hor-
House," while Ann Arbor folk-, just people helping people,"- he "Pobby not,"rpid o-
said. ton. The runaways mostly fol-
lore about secret passages and As for the underground rail- lowed the trade routes so Kunta
u n d e r g r o u nd tunnels still road activities in Ann Arbor, Kinte would have probably end-
abounds. Horton said, "Yes, I knew it ed up in the East - New York
In reality, however, only a ; (Beckley house) existed here," or Philadelphia. "Had he been
few closets offer secret such and also heard talk about the in Mississippi, however, chances
hiding places and dropped ceil- old railroad station being used are he would have come the
ings. Mark Bertoni, the present as a hideout." route through Ann Arbor," Hor-
occupant of the Pontiac home But Horton is also skeptical ton said.
Yost iceman has slippery job
(Continued from Page 1) ! Off the ice, Lyons has anoth-
Recently, the Zamboni broke er side - the student. He will
down during a Michigan hockey graduate in April and is trying
game and had to be pushed off to get a research assistant job
the ice. "I was glad that some- in the fields of political science
one knew how to resurface the or Chinese studies.
ice before they used machines,"
Lyons said. "I PASSED A test to be able
OCKT2 fo r $3 Q
207 E. LIBERTY 663-8611
REGISTER NOW !
Department of Romance Languages '
in SPAIN or FRANCE
Information: 4108 MLB-764-5344
Program Date: JULY 3-AUG. 29
FRENCH or SPANISH 230
(8 weeks equals 8 U-M credits)
FRENCH or SPANISH 360
(8 weeks equals 6 U-M credits)
Participants must fly as a group. Other Stu-
dents and Faculty m a y participate in t h e
to work for the State Depart-
ment. I'm going to Washington
for an interview and I'd like to
work for the foreign service,"
But will he continue to drive
Zambonis even if he is sent off
o, I don't think I'd know
how," Lyons said with a laugh.
"I've never seen a Chinese
A ZAMBONI WORKS this
way: As the driver makes his
turns around the ice -.surface,
the machine collects and com-
pacts the ice shavings.
At the same time, warm wa-
ter is dispersed and spread
lightly over the surface to make
it smooth and remove any cuts
in the ice. In essence, the warm
water melts the top layer of
ice and when the water cools,
the ice is smooth and even.
1But the driver must be care-
ful. Lyons recounted a story
# about a friend of his who cut a
thick slice out of the ice when
a blade fell out of,. the ma-
"IN A SITUATION like that,
or when there have to be re-
pairs made on the ice, we use
the excess ice shavings and
water to build it back again,"
Lyons said he likes his job
since he is only required to
work fifteen minutes out of ev-
ery paid hour.
"I also watch other drivers
just.to see how they do it," he
There arestwo other men who
share Lyons' unusual occupa-
tion - one is a graduate stu-
dent in the business school, the
other is a graduate student in
Architecture and Design.
TERRA SANCTA: THE HOLY LAND
IN THE TRADITION AND
HISTORY OF THREE FAITHS
TUESDAY, MARCH 15th
8:00 P.M. 203 Tappan Hall
"RECENT ARCHAEOLOGICAL DISCOVERIES IN JERU-
SALEM: THE CONVERGENCE OF CHRISTIANITY AND
Miriam Rosen-Avalon, Hebrew University
> (visiting at Princeton)
Sponsors: History of Art,'Judaic Studies
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16th
4:00 P.M. 451 Mason Hall
"THE SANCTITY OF THE HOLY LAND IN ISLAMIC
Emanuel Sivan, Hebrew University
(visitinc at Montreal)
Response: Andrew Ehrenkreutz,
University of Michiqan, on Crusader attitudes toward
the Holy Land.
Sponsors: History, Judaic Studies
8:00 P.M. Hillel, 1429 Hill
"THE SANCTITY OF ISRAEL IN JEWISH TRADITION"
Abraham Halkin, University of California, Berkeley
Sponsors: History, Judaic Studies
"Live" in Ann Arbor
! _ __ _