Near Greensburg in Decatur County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Escape of Caroline, 1847
Caroline and her four children escaped Kentucky slave owner October 31, 1847; they crossed Ohio River near Madison. After passing near here, Fugit Township black and white residents hid family close to Clarksburg. While hidden, family seized by a white resident, but escaped before owner claimed them. Residents separated family to avoid another capture.
Family members safely escorted from Decatur County and reunited in Union County. Family reached Canada. 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, Decatur County Freedom Trails Association, and the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology; IDNR. (Marker Number 16.2008.1.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 39° 22.724′ N, 85° 23.417′ W. Marker Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greensburg IN 47240, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Civil War General John T. Wilder (approx. 5½ miles away); The Naegel Building (approx. 5.7 miles away); Donnell -V.- State, 1852 (approx. 5.7 miles away); Colonel Thomas Hendricks / Elizabeth Trimble Hendricks (approx. 5.7 miles away); Decatur County All Wars Memorial (approx. 5.8 miles away); Decatur County Civil War Memorial (approx. 5.8 miles away); Spanish American War Veterans (approx. 5.8 miles away); Decatur County Court House (approx. 5.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greensburg.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . . Indiana Historical Bureau (IHB). The IHB provides reference notes on the text of this marker. (Submitted on February 6, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • War, US Civil •
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