Greensburg in Decatur County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Donnell -V.- State, 1852
Luther Donnell was convicted in Decatur Circuit Court (1849) of aiding fugitive slaves, Caroline and her four children, to escape to Canada. In Donnell v. State, Indiana Supreme Court reversed the conviction, claiming that under U.S. Supreme Court decision in Prigg v. Pennsylvania federal law superseded a state law regarding aid to fugitive slaves.
Prigg, a pro-slavery decision, was used in this case and elsewhere to benefit the anti-slavery cause. 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 2007 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology, IDNR, and Decatur County Freedom Trails Association. (Marker Number 16.2007.1.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 39° 20.253′ N, 85° 29.004′ W. Marker is in Greensburg, Indiana, in Decatur County. Marker is on East Washington Street east of North Broadway Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located at the North entrance of the Decatur
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Colonel Thomas Hendricks / Elizabeth Trimble Hendricks (within shouting distance of this marker); Decatur County All Wars Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Naegel Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Decatur County Civil War Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Spanish American War Veterans (about 300 feet away); Decatur County Court House (about 300 feet away); Civil War General John T. Wilder (approx. 0.3 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greensburg.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . .
1. Indiana Historical Bureau, Donnell v. State, 1852. (Submitted on September 18, 2012, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Slavery and the Indiana Supreme Court: For and Against?. (Submitted on September 18, 2012, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Photos of Dedication (Courtesy - Indiana Historical Bureau):. (Submitted on January 21, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
Additional keywords. Tree growing out of Courthouse roof
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 775 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 19, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. 3. submitted on September 18, 2012, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 19, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.