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The Underground Railroad on University Land

 
 
The Underground Railroad on University Land Marker #4 Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., December 31, 2008
1. The Underground Railroad on University Land Marker #4
Inscription. Joseph Sullivant, a member of the first Board of Trustees of Ohio State, was known as a “friend of the colored race.” He grew up in Kentucky but developed a distaste for slavery after witnessing a slave auction. Another Ohio State board member (and Professor of Agriculture) with similar beliefs was Norton Strange Townshend. Townshend served twice as a delegate to the World's Antislavery Convention. As a member of the Ohio General Assembly, he also helped to repeal Ohio's “Black Laws,” regulations that greatly restricted the lives of African Americans. Sullivant and Townshend Halls were named for these illustrious leaders.
 
Erected 2006 by Ohio Staters, Inc. (Marker Number 4 of 5.)
 
Location. 39° 59.849′ N, 83° 0.681′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Ohio, in Franklin County. Click for map. Marker is about 150 feet NNE of Enarson Hall (Old Ohio Union), 154 W. 12th Avenue, on The Ohio State University campus. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus OH 43210, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Ohio Union (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Underground Railroad on University Land
The Underground Railroad on University Land Marker #4 Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., December 31, 2008
2. The Underground Railroad on University Land Marker #4
Looking south toward Enarson Hall (Old Ohio Union) in background.
(about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Browning Amphitheatre / The Outdoor Performance Center (about 600 feet away); The Ohio State University (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named The Underground Railroad on University Land (about 700 feet away); Neil Avenue Gate (approx. 0.2 miles away); University Hall (approx. mile away); Wilbur H. Siebert Collection (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbus.
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansAgricultureEducationGovernmentNotable Persons
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 1,055 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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