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The Underground Railroad was an idea invented to aid the
widespread resistance of African Americans to slavery. In Ohio
escape routes were clearly established across the state by 1815
Until the Civil War, untold numbers of men, women, and
On the Ohio River in Ripley, Ohio, Reverend John Rankin
(a white stationmaster) and John Parker (an African American
stationmaster and ex-slave) directed escapees from slavery toward
the Scioto River. In Columbus, the Scioto forked, with the ea…
Over his 28-year coaching career, Woody Hayes (1913-1987) cemented
The Ohio State University's tradition of football excellence while
amassing one of the most impressive records in college football.
Wayne Woodrow Hayes grew up in Newcomerstown …
"You can never pay back, but you can pay forward"
Wayne Woodrow "Woody" Hayes was a buckeye from birth. born in
Clifton, Ohio, he spent his entire life giving back to the state he
loved. Woody earned a bachelor's degree fr…
Dedicated to our fine young men andwomen that serve our armed forces
Was made possible through the"Brutus on Parade" program benefitting theWilliam Oxley Thompson Memorial Library.
Construction of these brick columns was authorized by the Board of Trustees of the University on November 6, 1915. The columns later supported iron gates bearing the University seal, which were used to close this south entrance to the campus. Matc…
Site of original University Hall. Completed 1874. First campus building housing library, administrative offices, graduate school, dormitory, classics and philosophy. Demolished 1971. Reconstructed 1976.
Dr. Wilbur Henry Siebert (1866-1961) organized one of the most extensive historical collections on the Underground Railroad in the United States. Siebert served as a professor of history at the Ohio State University, 1893-1935. His collection on t…
Roy J. Plunkett was born in New Carlisle, Ohio, and graduated from Newton Township High School in Pleasant Hill. He received his B.A. degree from Manchester College before enrolling as a graduate student in chemistry at The Ohio State University, …
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 sanctio…