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Parkersburg in Wood County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Escape to Freedom

 
 
Escape to Freedom Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 13, 2014
1. Escape to Freedom Marker
Inscription. The Ohio R. was a major gateway to freedom for enslaved Africans via the Underground Railroad, a clandestine network of people, places, routes, and modes of transportation used in their flight from bondage. Network's peak activity was between 1830 and 1865. African American and white men and women called "Conductors," helped escaping Africans to freedom across to Ohio and points north to Canada.
 
Erected 2003 by WV Celebration 2000-West Virginia Divistion of Archives and History.
 
Location. 39° 15.966′ N, 81° 33.948′ W. Marker is in Parkersburg, West Virginia, in Wood County. Marker is on Little Kanawa Connector. Click for map. The marker is located in Blennerhassett Point Park. Marker is in this post office area: Parkersburg WV 26101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Vital Transportation Center (a few steps from this marker); Women of Courage (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Blennerhassett Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Railroads (within shouting distance of this marker); Blennerhassett Island (within shouting
Escape to Freedom Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 13, 2014
2. Escape to Freedom Marker
distance of this marker); Early Parkersburg (within shouting distance of this marker); The Point (within shouting distance of this marker); W.H. Smith Hardward Co (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Parkersburg.
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican Americans
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 232 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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