By one account there were 33 incidents of Underground Railroad activity involving residents of Gibson and Pike Counties. Of those, Dongola figures in fifteen.
The short-lived "Fort Wayne Standard" suggests that Indiana, despite its mostly conservative political leanings, was also home to more radical political views.
While children learned their letters in the basement, Terre Haute's Allen Chapel was home to another sort of underground activity.
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”.
One of the three major routes for slaves escaping north through Indiana passed through Jefferson County, on the Ohio River.
Indiana’s acceptance of African-American citizens, despite the 1787 Northwest ordinance outlawing slavery, was slow in coming.
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.