Westerville in Franklin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
William Hanby, Freedom Crusader
Historic Underground Railroad Site
With the help of his family, particularly his son Ben, trusted ally and friend, they worked tirelessly to provide food and shelter to runaways who sought refuge in Hanby's barn with the saddle and harness shop. Working in collaboration with Dr. Lewis Davis, president of Otterbein University, they felt a bond of unfailing loyalty and helpfulness with others in the area, who were also dedicated to the kind of services demanded by the Underground Railroad.
When asked how he - a Christian minister - could deliberately break the law of the land, Hanby replies, “When a man made law is in conflict with God's law, there is no compromise - we choose one way or the other. Choose you this day whom you will serve, as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 25:15. These words had been the cornerstone of William Hanby's life.
Erected by The Friends of Freedom
Location. 40° 7.573′ N, 82° 56.26′ W. Marker is in Westerville, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Main Street and Center Street. Touch for map. Marker is behind the Hanby House. Marker is at or near this postal address: 160 West Main Street, Westerville OH 43081, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hanby House (a few steps from this marker); The Home of Benjamin R. Hanby (a few steps from this marker); Darling Nelly Gray (a few steps from this marker); Otterbein College (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Memory of Benjamin R. Hanby (about 800 feet away); Temperance Row Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); Heritage Green Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Benjamin Russell Hanby (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Westerville.
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Heroes • Notable Persons •
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