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Chllicothe in Ross County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Underground Railroad in Chillicothe/Ross County

Historic Underground Railroad Site

 
 
The Underground Railroad Marker, Side One image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 10, 2018
1. The Underground Railroad Marker, Side One
Inscription. Many heroic men and women joined forces with others in a vast network that helped fugitive slaves secure freedom. Three groups of people were most active in the Underground Railroad movement in Ross County. They were the Presbyterians, the Quakers and Free People of Color. These courageous Ross Countians risked the loss of property, money and imprisonment if caught hiding or helping fugitives.

In 1836, the Chillicothe Presbytery issued a letter to a sister church in Mississippi outlining a strong stand against slavery. Many of the Chillicothe Presbyterians were OGRR operators. Among that group were Rev. Hugh Fullerton, the Renicks, Rev. W.H. Beecher, J.R. Allston, John Harmon, David Pricer, J. Anderson, and James, John, and Sam Steel. Others in Ross County who assisted in the work were A. Douglas, F. Silvey, R. Stewart, I. Claypool, E. Tulley, the Morgans, A. Dean, I. Robertson, R. Scott, Satterfield Scott, J. Cumbeck, J. Sampler, and K. Galbraith.

The African American community began to assist fugitve slaves as early as 1815 and continued until there was no need for the Underground Railroad. People of Color who participated were Richard Chancellor and his sons, Rev. W.M. Mitchell, John and Jesse Fidler, Charles Langston, James Leach, Thomas Woodson, Andrew Redman, J. Stillguess, T. Isaacs, J. Jackson, Harrison
The Underground Railroad Marker, Side Two image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 10, 2018
2. The Underground Railroad Marker, Side Two
Valentine and the Butler, Hubbard, and Hamilton families. The First Baptist Church, an Anti-slavery Baptist Church, and Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, were both active in the movement.

The Quaker settlements east of Chillicothe cooperated with other Quakers in assisting runaway slaves.

In spite of opposition from slavecatchers. pro-slavery advocates and bounty hunters, the Underground in Ross County and Chillicothe aided many thousands of runaway slaves in their quest for freedom.
 
Erected by Youth Crime Watch of Chillicothe and the Chillicothe Metropolitan Authority.
 
Location. 39° 19.877′ N, 82° 59.096′ W. Marker is in Chllicothe, Ohio, in Ross County. Marker is at the intersection of West Fourth Street and South Walnut Street, on the left when traveling west on West Fourth Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 40 S Walnut St, Chillicothe OH 45601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Chillicothe Gazette (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historic Site in Journalism (about 600 feet away); A Replica of Ohio's First Capitol (about 600 feet away); Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church
The Underground Railroad in Chillicothe/Ross County Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 10, 2018
3. The Underground Railroad in Chillicothe/Ross County Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Donald E. McHenry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Birthplace of Lucy Ware Webb Hayes / Lucy Webb Hayes, 1831 - 1889 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio (approx. 0.2 miles away); Court House Renovation (approx. 0.2 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 13, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 13, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 28 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 13, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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