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Indianapolis in Marion County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

John Freeman

 
 
Side One: John Freeman Marker Photo, Click for full size
By M. Bowyer, July 22, 2007
1. Side One: John Freeman Marker
Inscription. In 1844, John Freeman, a free black, purchased land in Indianapolis. By 1853, he owned land in this area worth $6,000. In June 1853, a slaveholder claimed Freeman was his runaway slave. Freeman spent nine weeks in jail; he hired lawyers; claim was dismissed. Black citizens held public meeting August 29 at Masonic Hall to congratulate Freeman.

Under Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, seizure of free blacks and freedom seekers in the north was common.

The Underground Railroad refers to a widespread network of diverse people in the nineteenth century who aided slaves escaping to freedom from the southern U.S.
 
Erected 2006 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology, IDNR; African American Landmarks Committee of Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, Inc.; Fred A. Taylor, and Gwen Crenshaw. (Marker Number 49.2006.2.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 46.902′ N, 86° 9.343′ W. Marker is in Indianapolis, Indiana, in Marion County. Marker is on Pennsylvania Street. Click for map. On the west side of Pennsylvania Street between 10th and 11th streets, in greenspace next to the Landmark Center, located at 1099 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis. Marker is in this post office area: Indianapolis IN 46204, United States of America.
Side Two: John Freeman Marker Photo, Click for full size
By M. Bowyer, July 22, 2007
2. Side Two: John Freeman Marker

 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Old Northside (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Home of Caroline Scott Harrison (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brig. General Benjamin Harrison (approx. 0.2 miles away); Zerelda G. Wallace (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Indiana State Meeting of the Christian Churches (approx. 0.3 miles away); Widows and Orphans Friendsí Society (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ovid Butler, Sr. (approx. half a mile away); USS Indianapolis CA-35 (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Indianapolis.
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican Americans
 
John Freeman Marker Photo, Click for full size
By M. Bowyer, July 22, 2007
3. John Freeman Marker
John Freeman Marker Photo, Click for full size
By M. Bowyer, July 22, 2007
4. John Freeman Marker
 

 
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