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Versailles in Ripley County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Stephen S. Harding

 
 
Side 'One' - - Stephen S. Harding Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, August 7, 2011
1. Side 'One' - - Stephen S. Harding Marker
Inscription.  
Side One

Born 1808 Ontario County, New York. Moved with family to Ripley County, 1820. Prominent abolitionist and orator, delivering powerful anti-slavery speeches throughout the area, often against public sentiment. Was active in Liberty Party and Republican Party. Received several appointments from President Abraham Lincoln. Died February 12, 1891.

Side Two

Harding was an early leader in the opposition to slavery, helping to bring freedom to enslaved people in U.S.

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 2004 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Rising Sun Regional Foundation, and Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology, IDNR. (Marker Number 69.2004.2.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansGovernment & Politics
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. In addition, it is included in the Indiana Historical Bureau Markers series list. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1848.
 
Location. 39° 4.307′ N, 85° 15.124′ W. Marker is in Versailles, Indiana, in Ripley County. Marker is at the intersection of East Tyson Street and North Washington Street, on the left when traveling east on East Tyson Street. Located on the South/West lawn of the Ripley County Courthouse in Versailles, Indiana. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Versailles IN 47042, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ripley County Veterans Memorial (here, next to this marker); Site of Masonic Hall (here, next to this marker); John Hunt Morgan's Code of Honor (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Ripley County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Eleazer Wheelock Ripley (within shouting distance of this marker); Morgan's Raid (within shouting distance of this marker); General John Morgan (within shouting distance of this marker); Johnson Watts (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Versailles.
 
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1. Photos of Dedication (Courtesy - Indiana Historical Bureau):. (Submitted on January 22, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
Side 'Two' - - Stephen S. Harding Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, August 7, 2011
2. Side 'Two' - - Stephen S. Harding Marker

2. Stephen S. Harding. (Submitted on November 27, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
Wide View - - Stephen S. Harding Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, August 7, 2011
3. Wide View - - Stephen S. Harding Marker
East Entrance - - Ripley County Courthouse - - - Built 1860 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, August 7, 2011
4. East Entrance - - Ripley County Courthouse - - - Built 1860
South/East Corner - - Ripley County Courthouse - - Versailles, Indiana image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, August 7, 2011
5. South/East Corner - - Ripley County Courthouse - - Versailles, Indiana
South/West Corner - - Ripley County Courthouse - - Versailles, Indiana image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, August 7, 2011
6. South/West Corner - - Ripley County Courthouse - - Versailles, Indiana
North/East Corner - - Ripley County Courthouse - - Versailles, Indiana image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, August 7, 2011
7. North/East Corner - - Ripley County Courthouse - - Versailles, Indiana
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 9, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 868 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 9, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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