Uniontown in Fayette County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Erected by The City of Uniontown – Bicentennial Committee 1996.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Abolition & Underground RR.
Location. 39° 53.748′ N, 79° 42.917′ W. Marker is in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, in Fayette County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street (Business U.S. 40) and Baker Alley, on the right when traveling west on East Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 325 E Main St, Uniontown PA 15401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. James Finley (approx. half a mile away); Fayette County (approx. 0.6 miles away); George C. Marshall (approx. 0.7 miles away); Old West School House (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named George C. MarshallUniontown (approx. 1.2 miles away); National Road (approx. 1.9 miles away); Fort Gaddis (approx. 2˝ miles away); Braddock Road (approx. 3.8 miles away); a different marker also named Braddock Road (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Uniontown.
Regarding Underground Railroad. “Uniontown offered a place of sanctuary for many runaways due to its size and large population of black people. ... There were several Underground Railroad stations in Uniontown. Hadden, in his History of Uniontown, cites Baker Alley, a small street near the east end of East Main Street, as a station. Swetnam, in Pittsylvania Country, calls this same alley the headquarters for the Underground Railroad in Uniontown. Hadden states that a stable in the alley provided teams of horses and wagons in which fugitives made their escape during the night. He also speaks of agents hiding runaways under floorboards in their homes when slave catchers appeared to look for escapees. In one case, when slave catchers visited the home of an agent who was hiding runaways under his floorboards, the agent and his
Also see . . . Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania. Book by William J. Switala on Amazon.com. (Submitted on June 10, 2007.)
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