Versailles in Ripley County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Stephen S. Harding
Born 1808 Ontario County, New York. Moved with family to Ripley County, 1820. Prominent abolitionist and orator, delivering powerful anti-slavery speeches throughout the area, often against public sentiment. Was active in Liberty Party and Republican Party. Received several appointments from President Abraham Lincoln. Died February 12, 1891.
Harding was an early leader in the opposition to slavery, helping to bring freedom to enslaved people in U.S.
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 2004 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Rising Sun Regional Foundation, and Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology, IDNR. (Marker Number 69.2004.2.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 39° 4.307′ N, 85° 15.124′ W. Marker is in Versailles, Indiana, in Ripley County. Marker is at the intersection of East Tyson Street and North Washington Street, on the left when traveling east on East Tyson Street. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ripley County Veterans Memorial (here, next to this marker); Site of Masonic Hall (here, next to this marker); John Hunt Morgan's Code of Honor (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Ripley County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Eleazer Wheelock Ripley (within shouting distance of this marker); Morgan's Raid (within shouting distance of this marker); General John Morgan (within shouting distance of this marker); Johnson Watts (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Versailles.
Also see . . .
1. Photos of Dedication (Courtesy - Indiana Historical Bureau):. (Submitted on January 22, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
2. Stephen S. Harding. (Submitted on November 27, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Politics •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 9, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 573 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 9, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.