You’ve been in Detroit for about a week and you’ve finally gotten to the Detroit International Riverwalk .
You and your in laws are walking along the Detroit International Riverwalk .
You see all the plaques named after the people who made the city of Detroit what it is .
You know all about Henry Ford but you aren’t really that surprised to read that one of the leading citizens of the city has the last name of Buick .
Nor are you even more surprised to learn that the French explorer who gave the city its name had the last name of Cadillac .
This is the Motor City, isn’t it ?
As the three of you walk across Hart Plaza towards the waterfront , the tour boats are standing still on the Detroit River.
One of them has the name, Detroit Princess.
As you walk further along, you come across a statue with six figures that seems to dominate the waterfront .
They look as though they’re getting ready to go on a journey somewhere.
One of them seems to be pointing in the direction of Canada , which you can see across the river.
It’s the city of Windsor , Ontario , Canada and you discovered that they have the same statue on their waterfront , but no one is pointing in the direction of the United States .
The statue on the Detroit side is named “Detroit – Gateway to Freedom . ”
Detroit was the next to last stop on the Underground Railroad.
The final stop was Canada .
Now you understand .
This was a statue of runaway slaves and they were carrying everything that they owned to
their final destination – Canada , a place called Freedom .