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May 13, 2013

 

Underground Railroad map

Looming Large In Anti-Slavery Lore

By one account there were 33 incidents of Underground Railroad activity involving residents of Gibson and Pike Counties. Of those, Dongola figures in fifteen.

February 4, 2013

 

poster from 1855 advertising meeting of those in favor of keeping western states such as Kansas free from slavery

A Pocket Of Abolitionism In Fort Wayne

The short-lived "Fort Wayne Standard" suggests that Indiana, despite its mostly conservative political leanings, was also home to more radical political views.

October 11, 2010

 

Historic Allen Chapel

Neighborhood Church, Living Monument

While children learned their letters in the basement, Terre Haute's Allen Chapel was home to another sort of underground activity.

January 29, 2007

 

Crossroads of America

Although it’s certainly not the geographic center of the continental United States, the state of Indiana has nonetheless played the role of “The Crossroads of America”.

November 20, 2006

 

Eleutherian College

One of the three major routes for slaves escaping north through Indiana passed through Jefferson County, on the Ohio River.

December 26, 2005

 

The Slavery Question

Indiana’s acceptance of African-American citizens, despite the 1787 Northwest ordinance outlawing slavery, was slow in coming.

November 14, 2005

 

Levi Coffin

Born in North Carolina in 1798, Levi Coffin observed first-hand the institution of slavery. His strong hatred for oppression and injustice was further bolstered when as a young man he saw a group of slaves chained together as he and his father chopped wood by the roadside.

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