Emancipation Proclamation (1863) did not free slaves in Kentucky. In April 1864, Hannah Toliver, a free black woman living in Jeffersonville, was arrested for aiding a fugitive slave from Kentucky. In May, she was convicted and sentenced to seven years in the Kentucky Penitentiary; she was pardoned January 5, 1865 and returned to Jeffersonville.
Toliver and other blacks risked their freedom aiding fugitives. Slavery in U.S. abolished December 1865.
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 2008 by Indiana Historical Bureau, City of Jeffersonville, and Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology IDNR. (Marker Number 10.2008.01.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 38° 16.14′ N, 85° 44.384′ W. Marker is in Jeffersonville, Indiana, in Clark County. Marker is at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Pearl Street, on the right when traveling east on Riverside Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jeffersonville IN 47130, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Women •
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