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Sandusky in Erie County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Underground Railroad / Abolition Boats Provide an Escape to Freedom in Erie County

 
 
The Underground Railroad / Abolition Boats Provide an Escape to Freedom in Erie County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, October 16, 2014
1. The Underground Railroad / Abolition Boats Provide an Escape to Freedom in Erie County Marker
Inscription. Marker Front:
The Underground Railroad was neither underground nor a railroad, but a system of loosely connected safe havens where those escaping the brutal conditions of slavery were sheltered, fed, clothed, nursed, concealed, disguised, and instructed during their journey to freedom. Although this movement was one of America's greatest social, moral, and humanitarian endeavors, the details about it were often cloaked in secrecy to protect those involved from retribution of civil law and slave-catchers. Ohio’s history has been permanently shaped by the thousands of runaway slaves passing through or finding permanent residence in this state

Marker Reverse:
The promimity of the mouth of the Sandusky Bay to the Lake Erie Islands leading north to Canada was crucial in safely transporting runaway slaves to freedom. Several types of vessels to as “abolition boats”. The fearless men who captained these crafts had to be skilled in navigating the treacherous waterways that poured into the western basin of Lake Erie. Runaways could earn passage to Canada by working in or around the shipyards that lined the mile-long waterfront of Sandusky. Passage to the Lake Erie Islands and Canada beyond, could be made by sled during the cold of winter, a method of travel that also entailed risk.

The abolition
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By Denise Boose, October 16, 2014
2. The Underground Railroad / Abolition Boats Provide an Escape to Freedom in Erie County Marker
boats included: Walk-in-the-water, Superior, The Arrow, United States, Bay City, Mayflower, May Queen, Morning Star, and others. The captains included: Captain Shepherd, Captain Swiegel, Captain Thomas McGee (owner of the Steamboat Hotel), and others.
 
Erected by ODOT and Friends of Freedom Society.
 
Location. 41° 27.564′ N, 82° 42.489′ W. Marker is in Sandusky, Ohio, in Erie County. Marker is on East Shoreline Drive, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 411 East Shoreline Drive, Sandusky OH 44870, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shoreline Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sandusky Aviation, Shipyard & Railroad (approx. 0.3 miles away); Kilbourne Plat (approx. 0.3 miles away); Grace Episcopal Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Underground Railroad (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sandusky (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Hinde & Dauch Paper Company (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jury of Erie County Women / Erie County Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sandusky.
 
Categories. African Americans
 
The Underground Railroad / Abolition Boats Provide an Escape to Freedom in Erie County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, October 16, 2014
3. The Underground Railroad / Abolition Boats Provide an Escape to Freedom in Erie County Marker
The Underground Railroad / Abolition Boats Provide an Escape to Freedom in Erie County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, October 16, 2014
4. The Underground Railroad / Abolition Boats Provide an Escape to Freedom in Erie County Marker
The opposite side of the marker.
 
 
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