Near Madison in Jefferson County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
John H. and Sarah Tibbets
The Tibbets provided assistance to fugitive slaves here in their home (now part of National Park Service, Network to Freedom); John piloted them to the next safe haven. Both were members of Neil’s Creek Anti-Slavery Society and Anti-Slavery Regular Baptist Church at College Hill. John served as a trustee for the church and Eleutherian College.
Free blacks from Madison and surrounding area and white abolitionists helped fugitive slaves. 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 2006 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Historic Eleutherian College, Lena McDole, and Tibbets Descendants. (Marker Number 39.2006.2.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Abolition & Underground RR. In addition, it is included in the Indiana Historical Bureau Markers series list.
Location. 38° 50.173′ N, 85° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6810 Boyd Rd, Madison IN 47250, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lyman Hoyt (approx. 0.3 miles away); Eleutherian College (approx. 0.3 miles away); Morgan's Troops Camped Here (approx. 3.6 miles away); Morgan's Raid (approx. 3.6 miles away); Dupont: Fourth Night in Indiana (approx. 3.7 miles away); Gen. John Morgan's Troops (approx. 4.1 miles away); Morgan Finds a Hoosier Oasis (approx. 6.3 miles away); Madison's Riverfront / Underground Railroad (approx. 9.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
More about this marker. The marker is part of the Indiana Freedom Trails, a State historical marker program dedicated especially to the interpretation of the Underground Railroad in Indiana. The program has three purposes: “to document and interpret Underground Railroad history in Indiana; to bring attention to that history with a visual reminder of the importance of those people, places, and events which constitute the history and context of the Underground Railroad in Indiana; and to assist the many individuals and groups – especially Indiana Freedom Trails – working to preserve the Underground Railroad history of Indiana through a heightened awareness of their existence and needs.”
Also see . . . IHB Annotations. The Indiana Historical Bureau provides annotations for the text of the marker on their website. (Submitted on May 27, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 27, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 513 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 27, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.