Fields of Ideals
A School With A Viewpoint
The home of Horatio Cyrus and Martha Cozad Ford stood near this corner. According to interviews conducted in the 1890s, it was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Of New England background, Horatio brought a set of ideals that made him and his family active participants in the anti-slavery movement. In the 1840s they regularly helped move fugitives to the docks in Cleveland where a free African-American, John Brown, arranged their passage across the lake to freedom in Canada. After Western Reserve College moved to Cleveland in the 1880s, the Ford home and surrounding farmlands would eventually become part of Western Reserve University and two legacies in the struggle against slavery would come together.
Hudson, Ohio had a reputation for standing against slavery. The town’s founder, David Hudson, was active in the Underground Railroad. His moral attitude was embodied in Western Reserve College, founded in Hudson in 1826. A diary notes that students raised funds to assist a fugitive slave family. In the 1830s, a debate regarding the best way (immediate abolition vs colonization) to abolish slavery
Erected 2017 by The Friends of Freedom Society, Inc. Case Western Reserve University Allen H. Ford.
Location. 41° 30.348′ N, 81° 36.522′ W. Marker is in Cleveland, Ohio, in Cuyahoga County. Marker is at the intersection of Adelbert Road and Euclid Avenue (U.S. 20), on the right when traveling north on Adelbert Road. Marker is on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in front of the Dittrick Museum Of Medical History. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11000 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland OH 44106, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Michelson-Morley Experiment (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Frances Payne Bolton (approx. ¼ mile away); The Cozad-Bates House / Anti-Slavery and Abolition (approx. 0.3 miles away); University Circle (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of the Home of the Poet Harold Hart Crane (approx. half a mile away); Charles Waddell Chesnutt (approx. half a mile away); The Arthur G. McKee House In Memory of the Teachers and Children Who Lost Their Lives in the Collinwood School Fire (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cleveland.
Additional keywords. Underground Railroad
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans •
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 26, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 51 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 25, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.