Zanesville in Muskingum County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Zanesville Underground Railroad
A tale of two cities. During the time of the Underground Railroad, Zanesville and Putnam were two communities separated by the Muskingum River with two distinct moral views. The people in Zanesville were proslavery, in Putnam antislavery. Battle lines were drawn several times on the bridge that joined the two. This marker is in memory of the former slaves: Mess Johnson, 1st runaway to settle here, Nelson T. Gant, who became a millionaire, Joshua Simpson, who wrote "Emancipation Car", George and Mammy Roots, who owned a tavern, the storekeeper in Putnam who was an operator, and the countless of others who stole up the river, hid in caves and attics, followed the stars in search of freedom whose names we will never know. To the Abolitionists of Putnam and Zanesville: the Guthries,
Buckinghams, Grangers, Beckwidths, Col. Nye, Rev. Beecher, Dr. Kingsbury, Rev. Jackson, and Z.M. Chandler and other families who were listed as operators or Abolitionists. The churches whose faithful members took a stand and played a part: Putnam Presbyterian, Moxahala Methodist, St. Paul AME, Union Baptist, Market St. Baptist, and others who believed God created all men equal. To the numerous men and women of both races who lit a candle, left food, clothes and money out on a table or ledge, who hid them in their
Erected by Friends of Freedom Society, Ohio Underground Railroad Association. Funded by Muskingum County Foundation.
Location. 39° 56.098′ N, 82° 0.445′ W. Marker is in Zanesville, Ohio, in Muskingum County. Marker is on Muskingum Avenue west of Putnam Avenue (Ohio Route 93), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Zanesville OH 43701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sixth Street Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); The Muskingum River Locks (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Stone Academy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Anti-Slavery Tensions in Muskingum County (approx. ¼ mile away); American Legion Post #29 Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); World War II and Korean War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Second Capital of Ohio (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lodge of Amity No. 5 Free and Accepted Masons (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Zanesville.
Also see . . .
1. Putnam Historic District. Page from the Aboard the Underground Railroad site.
2. Muskingum River Underground Railroad Route. Henry Robert Burke Page on Soul Family Travels site.
3. Underground Railroad in Ohio's Hill Country.
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans •
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