The Underground Railroad on University Land

The Underground Railroad on University Land (HMB2J)

Location: Columbus, OH 43210 Franklin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 59.882', W 83° 0.59'

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Along Lake Erie, Toledo, Sandusky, Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, and Ashtabula Harbor were major routes from slavery to freedom in Canada. Even though African Americans lived throughout the state, Ohio itself was not really safe. Slavery was sanctioned across the United States. Escapees and free African Americans alike were constantly threatened by re-capture or kidnapping. Ohio also had "Black Laws," often used to prevent long-term settlement. Frequently, the goal of the Freedom Train was to help escapees through Ohio rather than to Ohio. Nevertheless, stationmasters aided thousands of escapees - a record about which Ohio and Ohio State can be proud.
HM NumberHMB2J
Marker Number5 of 5
Year Placed2006
Placed ByOhio Staters, Inc
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 9:57pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 328430 N 4429473
Decimal Degrees39.99803333, -83.00983333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 59.882', W 83° 0.59'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 59' 52.92" N, 83° 0' 35.40" W
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Area Code(s)614
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1719-1723 College Rd S, Columbus OH 43210, US
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