A Struggle To Be Free
In 1830 while in a slave market and in chains he was bound.
he heard there was a change for freedom in an Ohio Town.
He did not know how to get there but heard people say
they run an underground railroad to help you on your way.
If he ever got the chance he would surely go
to this place called Portsmouth in the state of Ohio.
He knew he had to travel in the darkness of night never in the light of day.
They told him of the signs that would help him on his way
of quilts on a wash line or late at night.
In a certain window he would see light.
This would be a safe house where he could find shelter food and rest.
These were people who believe this God's work and having freedom they were truly blessed.
To help the slaves all they could to find freedom and never doing less.
They knew what they were doing was considered a crime.
They could be killed by slave trackers or in jail spending time.
On his journey through brambles and through briars
he got cuts and bruises added to his whipping scars.
He knew it was worth
He thanked God for his protection while praying on his knee.
While hiding in the wood at night he heard wild animal sounds.
And every now and then the baying of the hounds.
When this terrible trip had wore him down he thought he went as far as he could go.
He saw the moon shinning on the waters of the Ohio.
After he crossed the river he fell upon his knee.
Oh thank you God for all your help, I have a chance to be free free free.
Erected 2004 by Walter Stout.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans.
Location. 38° 43.855′ N, 83° 0.379′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Ohio, in Scioto County. Marker is on Front Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth OH 45662, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Portsmouth Railroads, 1950's / Modern Industry / Medical History / Twentieth Century Wars (within shouting distance of this marker); Portsmouth Motorcycle Club / Good Times Remembered / Sunset at the Point / Sister Cities (within shouting distance of this marker); Twilight / Dedication Panel / Muralist Robert Dafford (within shouting distance of this marker); Progress in Education / Shawnee State Expansion / Vern Riffe (within shouting distance of this marker); Chillicothe Street, 1940's / Steel Industry, 1870-1980 / Clarence Holbrook Carter / Carl Ackerman (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Roy Rogers / 1937 Flood / Branch Rickey / Kentucky Friends (about 500 feet away); Portsmouth Foundry & Machine Works (about 800 feet away); Millbrook Park / The Shoe Industry, 1869-1977 / Early 1900's Streetcar / Government Square, 1919 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 4, 2021, by TeamOHE of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 67 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 4, 2021, by TeamOHE of Napoleon, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.