The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a resolution authored by Michigan Democrat Carl Levin to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the International Memorial to the Underground Railroad.
Levin said Friday in a release that the anniversary of the memorial composed of the Gateway to Freedom Monument in Detroit and the Tower of Freedom Monument in Windsor, Ontario, will be marked by a three-day conference starting Wednesday.
The conference at University of Detroit Mercy will showcase the region's ties to the Underground Railroad. It will be capped off by a joint international celebration on Oct. 22.
The monuments honor escaping slaves and the network of people that sheltered them.
The Senate passed the resolution Thursday night.