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The Underground Railroad on University Land

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By Rev. Ronald Irick, February 27, 2018
1. The Underground Railroad on University Land Marker
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Inscription.  On the Ohio River in Ripley, Ohio, Reverend John Rankin (a white stationmaster) and John Parker (an African American stationmaster and ex-slave) directed escapees from slavery toward the Scioto River. In Columbus, the Scioto forked, with the east fork named the Olentangy River. The escapees were instructed to travel north along the banks of the Olentangy to a stream, Neil Run. During the 19th century, Neil Run ran easterly through a landscape that is now the campus of The Ohio State University but at the time was the Neil Farm, owned by William and Hannah Neil. Their farmhouse, which burned down in 1864, stood about where the William Oxley Thompson Library now stands.
 
Erected 2006 by Ohio Staters, Inc. (Marker Number 2 of 5.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican Americans.
 
Location. 39° 59.83′ N, 83° 1.129′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker is on John H. Herrick Dr, on the right when traveling
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, February 27, 2018
2. The Underground Railroad on University Land Marker
west. Marker is in the southeast corner of the Lincoln Tower Park on the campus of the Ohio State University. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 425 John H Herrick Dr, Columbus OH 43210, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ohio Farm Bureau Founded (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Underground Railroad on University Land (approx. ¼ mile away); Neil Avenue Gate (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named The Underground Railroad on University Land (approx. ¼ mile away); The Ohio State University (approx. ¼ mile away); Browning Amphitheatre / The Outdoor Performance Center (approx. 0.3 miles away); University Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); NECKO Neighborhood / E. J. McMillen Homestead Addition (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
 
Additional keywords. Underground Railroad
 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, February 27, 2018
3. The Underground Railroad on University Land Marker
The Underground Railroad on University Land Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, February 27, 2018
4. The Underground Railroad on University Land Marker
the rock, sycamore tree,and lower grade indicate Neil Run
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 28, 2018. It was originally submitted on February 27, 2018, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 118 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 27, 2018, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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