(WXYZ) — A long journey to a new place to call home. From 1619, enslaved Africans were stolen from their land and forced to labor on new soil.
They faced unspeakable horrors, but were armed with hope and faith, while holding on for a brighter day when they would own themselves and command their god-given birthright – opportunity.
In 1916, it began the Great Migration of African Americans to the north as families relocated for freedom of movement and fair wages, and one city was a prime destination for the freedom train. Detroit – O' What a beautiful city.
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