Rochester in Fulton County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Underground Railroad
1850 - - 1865
Erected 2010 by Class of 2010 from Rochester Community High School.
Location. 41° 3.955′ N, 86° 12.94′ W. Marker is in Rochester, Indiana, in Fulton County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and East 8th Street, on the right when traveling north on Main Street. Click for map. Located on the North/West corner of the Fulton County Courthouse lawn in Rochester, Indiana. Marker is in this post office area: Rochester IN 46975, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are W. W. I War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Revolutionary War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Fulton County Courthouses (within shouting distance of this marker); Potawatomi "Trail of Death" (within shouting distance of this marker); History of Rochester College (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Honor Roll - Fulton County Indiana (about 300 feet away); Edward J. Fansler Pathways (approx. 1.3 miles away); Site of Indian Village Chippewa-Nung (approx. 2.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Rochester.
Also see . . .
1. Front Page Article - "Rochester Sentinel" August 16, 2110::. Thanks to Susan M. Clark (Rochester High School Teacher) and Courtesy of "The Rochester Sentinel" web-link - - here is a link which held front and center the Underground Railroad - Historic Marker, David Jackson, and the Rochester High School Class of 2010. (Submitted on November 12, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
2. Virtual Tour ( Courtesy - - Indiana Government web page). (Submitted on February 13, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
1. Two Up-Date E-mails ::
[First - E-mail dated November 6, 2010 to Al Wolf - - from Susan Mae Clark, English Teacher at Rochester
“”When my students were in English 11 (American Literature class), we read about the Civil War era and the Underground RR; and we became curious about its history in Fulton County. My students started raising funds, and it took two years (their Junior and Senior years) to get enough money for the monument. The County Commissioners did not want us to put our names and the date on the monument... ....So thatís why there is no date or group name on the monument.
We dedicated the monument on Sunday, August 15, 2010, and the group that did the project was the Class of 2010 from Rochester Community High School. Most of them are freshmen in college now, but they left a lasting legacy and a tribute to their ancestors here in Fulton County. The Rochester Sentinel (newspaper) did a full front page spread on the dedication ceremony on Monday, August 16, 2010.”“
[Second - E-mail dated November 7, 2010 to Al Wolf - - from Susan Mae Clark, English Teacher at Rochester (Indiana) High School::]
“”....Just in case anyone else is interested in this kind of project, here are a few thoughts:
The Underground Railroad is now known as the Freedom Trails, and they do have an official organization. A group can register with them and get a sign or a marker, but I think
So our kids felt that by putting up the marker to honor everyone who came through our county and everyone who helped them on the way to freedom, but NOT by putting on some of the names, we were doing a better job of leaving a historical reminder. Our local historian Shirley Willard helped us out quite a bit. But also our newspaper Editor and noted Civil War scholar Mr. Jack K. Overmyer who passed away last spring . . . we had struggled with the wording a bit, and Mr. Overmyer suggested that we first needed to mention the people of Fulton County who risked their lives to help, since the monument was going to go up on the Fulton County Courthouse Square.”“
Sincerely, Susan M. Clark
— Submitted November 7, 2010,
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • War, US Civil •
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