Versailles in Ripley County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Stephen S. Harding
Born 1808 Ontario County, New York. Moved with family to Ripley County, 1820. Prominent abolitionist and orator, delivering powerful anti-slavery speeches throughout the area, often against public sentiment. Was active in Liberty Party and Republican Party. Received several appointments from President Abraham Lincoln. Died February 12, 1891.
Harding was an early leader in the opposition to slavery, helping to bring freedom to enslaved people in U.S.
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 2004 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Rising Sun Regional Foundation, and Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology, IDNR. (Marker Number 69.2004.2.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 39° 4.307′ N, 85° 15.124′ W. Marker is in Versailles, Indiana, in Ripley County. Marker is at the intersection of East Tyson Street and North Washington Street, on the left when traveling east on East Tyson Street. Click for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ripley County Veterans Memorial (here, next to this marker); Site of Masonic Hall (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Ripley County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Morgan's Raid (within shouting distance of this marker); General John Morgan (within shouting distance of this marker); Ohio and Mississippi Railroad (approx. 4.5 miles away); James Harrison Cravens (approx. 4.6 miles away); John Andrews, Master Craftsman (approx. 4.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Versailles.
Also see . . . Photos of Dedication (Courtesy - Indiana Historical Bureau):. (Submitted on January 22, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Politics •
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