Cars zoom past this old brick two-story house on M-60 but I wonder how many people know the story of its past. The home is west of the town of Vandalia in southwestern Michigan. In the mid-1840s James E. Bonine and his wife built this house and by 1853 they were one of the largest landowners in Cass County. As members of Young’s Prairie Anti-Slavery Friends and staunch abolitionists, they helped many runaway slaves that were searching for freedom on the Underground Railroad. They hid many slaves in their carriage house across the street. The home is currently owned by the Underground Railroad Society of Cass County.
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