The Underground Railroad in Hancock County

The Underground Railroad in Hancock County (HMJFM)

Location: Findlay, OH 45840 Hancock County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 2.322', W 83° 39.003'

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The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 prompted an expansion of the "Underground Railroad," and as the state spanning the shortest distance between the Ohio River and Canada, Ohio saw heavy traffic in escaping slaves in the decades before the Civil War. Hancock County was home to many sympathetic residents who defied fugitive slave laws to help conduct slaves to freedom. "Stationmasters" offered safe havens, "conductors" accompanied fugitives through the county, and "stockholders" provided financial support and misled pursuers. Known stations were located mainly along the Perrysburg Road, now U.S. Highway 68.
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David Adams, a free black barber in Findlay, watched his father and grandfather assist fugitive slaves as a child in Urbana. In the 1850s he conducted scores of "passengers" northward from Findlay. Other Hancock County stations included the farms of John Woods, John King, and Judge Robert Strother; other conductors included Robert Hurd and Joel Markle. Other local participants in America's first struggle for civil rights: William Baldwin; Francis Bartley; Dr. Belizur Beach; Henry and P.D. Bigelow; Ezra Brown; Job Chamberlin; David J. Cory; C.A. Croninger; William McCaughey; Hugh Newell; Charles O'Neal; Jonathan Parker; Henry Porch; Bass Rawson; James Spaythe; William Taylor; Jesse Wheeler; James Woods. Because of its secrecy, the extent of the local Underground Railroad may never be known.
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number20-32
Year Placed2001
Placed ByThe Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Historic Preservation Guild of Hancock County, Hancock Historical Museum, Black Heritage Library and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 12:27am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 277246 N 4546436
Decimal Degrees41.03870000, -83.65005000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 2.322', W 83° 39.003'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 2' 19.32" N, 83° 39' 0.18" W
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Area Code(s)419, 567
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 301 S Main St, Findlay OH 45840, US
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