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Louisville in Jefferson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Kentucky Fugitives to Canada

 
 
Kentucky Fugitives to Canada Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert Cole, January 8, 2008
1. Kentucky Fugitives to Canada Marker
Inscription. Thornton and Lucie (also called Ruthy) Blackburn were slaves in Louisville, 1830-31. Thornton was hired out to Wurts and Reinhard's store at 4th and Main. When Lucie was sold to Virgil McKnight, the two escaped by steamboat. They were claimed two years later in Detroit by owners. The couple was rescued in "The Blackburn Riots of 1833," Detroit's first racial riot.
 
Erected 2001 by Kentucky Historical Society - Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2072.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 38° 15.422′ N, 85° 45.425′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of W. Main Street (U.S. 31W) and N. 4th Street, on the right when traveling west on W. Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 411 West Main Street, Louisville, Kentucky, Louisville KY 40202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lewis and Clark in Kentucky / York (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Visitors at Louisville Wharf (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Galt House
Kentucky Fugitives to Canada Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, June 2, 2014
2. Kentucky Fugitives to Canada Marker
Looking eastward along Main Street
(approx. 0.2 miles away); "Bloody Monday" / American (Know-Nothing) Party (approx. half a mile away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away in Indiana); General LaFayette (approx. 1.5 miles away in Indiana); Warder Park (approx. 1.5 miles away in Indiana); Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.5 miles away in Indiana). Click for a list of all markers in Louisville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Kentucky History: Kentucky Fugitives to Canada. (Submitted on November 26, 2013, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
2. Underground Railroad Marker Dedication. (Submitted on November 26, 2013, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
3. Lest We Forget Press Release: First US/Canada Memorial of an Underground Railroad Journey. (Submitted on November 26, 2013, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
4. Crossing The "Dark Line": Fugitive Slaves & the Underground Railroad in Louisville & Kentucky. (Submitted on November 26, 2013, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansAntebellum South, US
 
Kentucky Fugitives to Canada Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, June 2, 2014
3. Kentucky Fugitives to Canada Marker
A wider view, looking westward down the sidewalk that runs next to Main Street
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This page has been viewed 348 times since then and 91 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.   2, 3. submitted on , by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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