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Louisville in Jefferson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Kentucky Fugitives to Canada

 
 
Kentucky Fugitives to Canada Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert Cole, January 8, 2008
1. Kentucky Fugitives to Canada Marker
Inscription. Thornton and Lucie (also called Ruthy) Blackburn were slaves in Louisville, 1830-31. Thornton was hired out to Wurts and Reinhard's store at 4th and Main. When Lucie was sold to Virgil McKnight, the two escaped by steamboat. They were claimed two years later in Detroit by owners. The couple was rescued in "The Blackburn Riots of 1833," Detroit's first racial riot.
 
Erected 2001 by Kentucky Historical Society - Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2072.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 38° 15.422′ N, 85° 45.425′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of W. Main Street (U.S. 31W) and N. 4th Street, on the right when traveling west on W. Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 411 West Main Street, Louisville, Kentucky, Louisville KY 40202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Columbia Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Evan Williams (within shouting distance of this marker); Thelma French Schneider (within shouting distance
Kentucky Fugitives to Canada Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, June 2, 2014
2. Kentucky Fugitives to Canada Marker
Looking eastward along Main Street
of this marker); D.X. Murphy & Bro., Architects (within shouting distance of this marker); Al J. Schneider (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); York (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Evan Williams (about 700 feet away); General George Rogers Clark (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Kentucky History: Kentucky Fugitives to Canada. (Submitted on November 26, 2013, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
2. Underground Railroad Marker Dedication. (Submitted on November 26, 2013, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
3. Lest We Forget Press Release: First US/Canada Memorial of an Underground Railroad Journey. (Submitted on November 26, 2013, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
4. Crossing The "Dark Line": Fugitive Slaves & the Underground Railroad in Louisville & Kentucky. (Submitted on November 26, 2013, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansAntebellum South, US
 
Kentucky Fugitives to Canada Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, June 2, 2014
3. Kentucky Fugitives to Canada Marker
A wider view, looking westward down the sidewalk that runs next to Main Street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 26, 2013, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This page has been viewed 416 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 26, 2013, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.   2, 3. submitted on June 9, 2014, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.
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