Hudson in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Hudson and the Underground Railroad
Historic Underground Railroad Site
Hudson had a long tradition of being an anti-slavery town. By 1826, records show that the town's founder, David Hudson, was hiding runaway slaves at his home. Early Settler Owen Brown and his family helped organize the Underground Railroad in town. His son, John, who spent over 20 years of his life in Hudson, grabbed national attention with his raid on the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry on October 16, 1859 and his execution on December 2, 1859.
At first, Hudson's citizens supported the colonization movement but in the 1830's, many became abolitionists. The anti-slavery community became divided, a struggle which cast both Hudson and Western Reserve College into the national spotlight. Owen Brown
removed his financial support from the college and helped to form multi-racial Oberlin College as an alternative. 1n 1842, Owen Brown split from the First Congregational Church of Hudson over racial issues and formed the Free Congregational Church, which supported pure Abolitionism. An oath against slavery was required for admission.
The anti-slavery community in Hudson included David Hudson, Timothy Hudson, Owen Brown, John Brown, Jeremiah Root Brown, Asahel Kilbourne, Jesse Dickinson, Titus and Marion Brown Hand, John Buss, John Markillie, Lora Case, Elizur Wright Jr., Philo Wright, Beriah
Erected by The Friends of Freedom Society, Ohio Underground Railroad Association.
Location. 41° 14.496′ N, 81° 26.407′ W. Marker is in Hudson, Ohio, in Summit County. Marker is on North Main Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hudson OH 44236, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Congregational Church of Hudson (within shouting distance of this marker); First Schoolhouse in Summit County (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Boyhood home of John Brown (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Log House in Summit County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Loomis Observatory (approx. ¼ mile away); Gustave H. Grimm (approx. ¼ mile away); President-elect Abraham Lincoln (approx. ¼ mile away); Middle College (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hudson.
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 27, 2010, by Kevin Gray of Hudson, Ohio. This page has been viewed 925 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 27, 2010, by Kevin Gray of Hudson, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.