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Carol Mull - Alumna Achievement Award Recipient

by Chris Vilag, Published April 24, 2012


Carol Mull ('74, '98), a curatorial consultant, researcher and writer, has been extremely active in the field of historic preservation since graduating from Eastern with her master's degree in 1998.

For many years, she has served as a tour leader, event planner and curatorial consultant for Ann Arbor, Michigan's historic Kempf House Museum. In 2002, the governor appointed her to the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission. Mull currently serves as its chairwoman. She is scholar in residence at Washtenaw County's African American Cultural and Historical Museum and provides advisory services to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. Mull is also a board member of the Ann Arbor Preservation Alliance.

Carol has distinguished herself as a scholar in African-American and Underground Railroad history, having researched and published several works on these subjects. She has authored journal articles as well as the groundbreaking book The Underground Railroad in Michigan, published in 2010. It was the first comprehensive work on the subject of antislavery and Underground Railroad history in Michigan. Numerous book signings and speaking engagements resulted from its publication. Currently, Mull is contributing a chapter to A Fluid Frontier: Slavery, Freedom and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland, scheduled for publication in 2013.

Mull and her husband Bob have been longtime supporters of the EMU Foundation's McLennan Fund. The fund was established to honor the program's founder, Dr. Marshall McLennan, upon his retirement in 1999. She has served on the fund's advisory committee since 2004 and helped raise money for the fund. Carol also helped organize the 25-year celebration of the Historic Preservation Program in 2004. The couple recently made an important legacy commitment to the fund, as well. Mull is an Ann Arbor, Mich., resident.

Join us for the 51st Annual Alumni Awards Dinner, Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, to celebrate Carol's accomplishment. more information can be found at: