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Can be found here and here. Which prompted me to do a bit of digging, and I also came across this little page about Ypsilanti’s role in the Underground railroad, and the following quote:

“..Harwood became a supporter of the abolitionist movement and offered sanctuary to escaping slaves. In this endeavor, he was joined by Asher Aray, a man of mixed race whose family farmed east of the Harwoods on the Chicago Road (now US-12). Aray sheltered a group of 28 slaves whose flight to freedom was documented nationwide. The Arays and their relatives, the Days, are both buried here in an unusual show of tolerance for the time.”

Do read that second linked article, though – it has a great photo of Asher, as well.

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