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Westerville in Franklin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

William Hanby, Freedom Crusader

Historic Underground Railroad Site

William Hanby, Freedom Crusader Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., October 17, 2009
1. William Hanby, Freedom Crusader Marker
Inscription. Bishop William Hanby, (1807-1880) courageous and of strong convictions, publicly voiced his scorn at a law that made it a felony to give food to a hungry slave, or shelter to a friendless man. From pulpit, platform, and workbench he condemned the inhumane Fugitive Slave law of 1850. “We may be bound by a man-made law,” he declared, “but we are more bound by a Lord-given conscience.”

With the help of his family, particularly his son Ben, trusted ally and friend, they worked tirelessly to provide food and shelter to runaways who sought refuge in Hanby's barn with the saddle and harness shop. Working in collaboration with Dr. Lewis Davis, president of Otterbein University, they felt a bond of unfailing loyalty and helpfulness with others in the area, who were also dedicated to the kind of services demanded by the Underground Railroad.

When asked how he - a Christian minister - could deliberately break the law of the land, Hanby replies, “When a man made law is in conflict with God's law, there is no compromise - we choose one way or the other. Choose you this day whom you will serve, as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 25:15. These words had been the cornerstone of William Hanby's life.
Erected by The Friends of Freedom
William Hanby, Freedom Crusader Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., October 17, 2008
2. William Hanby, Freedom Crusader Marker
Society and the Ohio Underground Railroad Association.
Location. 40° 7.573′ N, 82° 56.26′ W. Marker is in Westerville, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Main Street and Center Street. Click for map. Marker is behind the Hanby House. Marker is at or near this postal address: 160 West Main Street, Westerville OH 43081, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Home of Benjamin R. Hanby (a few steps from this marker); Otterbein College (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Memory of Benjamin R. Hanby (about 800 feet away); Temperance Row Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); Heritage Green Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Benjamin Russell Hanby (approx. 0.4 miles away); Westerville (approx. 0.4 miles away); Stoner House (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Westerville.
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Marker on Boulder Holding Hanby Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., October 17, 2008
3. Marker on Boulder Holding Hanby Marker
This granite boulder was unearthed at a construction site on Buck Run Trail in Westerville. Granite is unknown as bedrock in Ohio. This boulder originated in Canada and was carried to Ohio by the Wisconsin Glacier of the last Ice Age over 14,000 years ago.
William Hanby, Freedom Crusader Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., October 17, 2008
4. William Hanby, Freedom Crusader
Marker can be seen behind garden fence.
William Hanby House Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., October 17, 2008
5. William Hanby House
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 2,157 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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