Parkersburg in Wood County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Escape to Freedom / Women of Courage
Escape to Freedom. The Ohio R. was a major gateway to freedom for enslaved Africans via the Underground Railroad, a clandestine network of people, places, routes, and modes of transportation used in their flight from bondage. Network's peak activity was between 1830 and 1865. African American and white men and women called “Conductors,” helped escaping Africans to freedom across to Ohio and points north to Canada.
Women of Courage. Aunt Jenny, African American, who blew horn at the “Point” as signal to river boas, served as “Conductor” on the Underground Railroad. Jane, of “low stature and very fleshy,” “lame in one leg,” and age 50, escaped Aug. 1843 with seven of her children from the Harness Plantation on Bull Creek near Parkersburg. Two were captured in Marietta and returned; a reward of $450 did not entice return of others.
Erected 2003 by WV Celebration 2000, and the West Virginia Divistion of Archives and History.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR African Americans. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1830.
Location. 39° 15.966′ N, 81° 33.948′ W. Marker is in Parkersburg, West Virginia, in Wood County. Marker is on Little Kanawa Connector. The marker is located in Blennerhassett Point Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Parkersburg WV 26101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Blennerhassett Hotel (a few steps from this marker); George Rogers Clark (a few steps from this marker); Vital Transportation Center (a few steps from this marker); Burr-Blennerhassett (a few steps from this marker); Albert J. Woofter (a few steps from this marker); Women of Courage (within shouting distance of this marker); Railroads (within shouting distance of this marker); Blennerhassett Island (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Parkersburg.
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