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Fountain City in Wayne County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Levi Coffin

 
 
Front Side of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 28, 2007
1. Front Side of Marker
Inscription. (Front Side): Levi Coffin (1798-1877), a Quaker abolitionist, lived in Newport (now Fountain City) with his family 1826-1847. Moved from North Carolina because he and his wife, Catharine, opposed slavery. Advocated, and sold in his store, free-labor products not produced by slaves. House built circa 1839; designated a National Historic Landmark 1966.

(Back Side): Coffin's Reminiscences (1876) documented work in Underground Railroad and antislavery movement.

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 2002 by Indiana Historical Bureau and Levi Coffin House Association, Inc. (Marker Number 89.2002.1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers, and the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 39° 57.373′ N, 84° 55.051′ W. Marker is in Fountain City, Indiana, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of Cross Street (U.S. 27) and South Water Street, on the right when traveling north on Cross Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 113 Cross Street, Fountain City IN 47341, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Back Side of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 28, 2007
2. Back Side of Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Home of Levi Coffin (here, next to this marker); Fort Nesbit (was approx. 7.4 miles away in Ohio but has been reported missing. ); Richmond's Record Roots (approx. 8.5 miles away); Richmond Police Department Memorial (approx. 8.8 miles away); Korean War Memorial (approx. 8.8 miles away); Wayne Township World War II Memorial (approx. 8.9 miles away); Freedom Fountain (approx. 8.9 miles away); Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 8.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Levi Coffin Historic Site. The "Grand Central Station" for the Underground Railroad. (Submitted on January 3, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Reminiscences of Levi Coffin. Digital copy of the work. (Submitted on January 3, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. The Underground Railroad by Levi Coffin. A short account of Coffin's operations. (Submitted on January 3, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RR
 
The Levi Coffin House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 28, 2007
3. The Levi Coffin House
The marker stands in front of the house, on the right.
Back of the Levi Coffin House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 28, 2007
4. Back of the Levi Coffin House
National Register of Historic Landmarks image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 28, 2007
5. National Register of Historic Landmarks
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 3, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,436 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 3, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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