The Underground Railroad:Tours

Take a ride on the train that traveled without tracks. Sit in the Croghan Street Station and hear the stories of runaways who, escaping slavery, rested in secret at Second Baptist Church before crossing the Detroit River into Canada and “Freedom.”


Tours of the church are conducted by members of the Detroit Underground Railroad Historical Society (DUHRS). Their mission is to collect, preserve and disseminate Church history through lectures, tours and educational programming.​


The history of Second Baptist touches on three centuries of service to the community and is equally, if not more, important than our participation to the Underground Railroad. Detroit Underground Historical Railroad Society offers three types of tours designed to fit the various time constraints of our visitors. 

​Types Of Tours

Lecture Tours begin with participants seated in the Sanctuary for a short lecture and then converts to a walking tour. Entire tour takes 1½ hours or more.

Building Tours are walking only tours though the church's three sections: the original (German) building, annex building and educational building. Entire tour takes an hour or less.

Worship Tours are offered on Sundays only, by prior arrangement, for visitors who worship with us. Tours are immediately after morning service and last approximately 15 to 30 minutes. Worship Tour donations are offerings collected by ushers during worship service.

For Lecture and Building tours  $7 for adults - $4 for children (under 13)

​Tour charge is non-refundable and due before tour starts


To schedule tours, go online to

Please visit the website to get information on free parking, directions, FAQs, school bus safety tips and more.


The “Underground Railroad Reading Station” is an independent Christian specialty Bookstore and Gift Shop staffed by knowledgeable Tour Guides. It’s the first stop visitors make for parking validation, to schedule tours or register for tours already scheduled to begin.  Inspired by church tours, the Reading Station is a cultural experience for all who visit seeking Detroit’s Black History.  The variety of Christian & historical titles available for purchase serve as an extension of our tours.  A unique selection of side items and gifts make memorable souvenirs.



Closed Monday   

Tuesday - Thursday 11 am - 7 pm    Friday 11 am - 5 pm

Saturday 10 am - 3 pm         Sunday 12:30 - 3 pm
Bookstore is closed when Church is closed


WE ACCEPT Checks, Major Debit/Credit Cards

Bobbie R. Fowlkes-Davis, Director of Tours

Detroit Underground Railroad Historical Society

  Bookstore (313) 961-0325