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In this subject area, you can read biographies of Michigan’s diverse and compelling residents. For example, find stories of indigenous Anishinaabe people fighting to keep their land. Learn how people traveled and settled in Michigan. Discover the conductors of the Underground Railroad. These stories of real people bring Michigan’s history to life. The biographies that are collected in this section will help readers discover how amazing the people of Michigan really are.

Indigenous People

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Color painting of Leopold Pokagon wearing a brown jacket, gold cross necklace, and shoulder-length white hair.
Portrait of Leopold Pokagon, courtesy of the Northern Indiana Center for History

Settlers in Michigan

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Originally printed in Michigan History for Kids Magazine, now part of Archives of Michigan Record Group 2009-23.

Conductors of the Underground Railroad

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