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Greensboro in Guilford County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Underground Railroad

 
 
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By Michael C. Wilcox, August 20, 2013
1. The Underground Railroad Marker
Inscription. The Underground Railroad was a system of trustworthy people and marked routes used by African—Americans to escape from slavery. Thousands of men, women and children guided by "conductors" traveled on foot or in special vehicles along this network of hiding places or "stations." In 1819 John Dimery became the first known passenger to use the route which linked Greensboro to Indiana, and his escape was arranged by a Quaker. Vestal Coffin. Guilford County Quakers had opposed slavery for decades, and many were active in this movement, which placed human rights above property rights. Levi Coffin, who was born at New Garden (Guilford College) in 1789 and moved to Indiana in 1826. also worked for the "railroad" and is identified as its "president." The woods near the New Garden Friends Meetinghouse and Boarding School were known as a railroad station, as were Richard Mendenhall's Inn at Jamestown and Joshua Stanley's house at Centre. Little was written about the Underground Railroad at the time, but the Reminiscences of Levi Coffin describe how the "baggage" or fugitives were handled and the way to freedom was marked.
 
Location. 36° 4.292′ N, 79° 47.424′ W. Marker is in Greensboro, North Carolina, in Guilford County. Marker is at the intersection
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By Michael C. Wilcox, August 20, 2013
2. The Underground Railroad Marker
of West February 1 Place and South Elm Street on West February 1 Place. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greensboro NC 27401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Henry Frye (here, next to this marker); Albion Tourgee (a few steps from this marker); Lunsford Richardson (a few steps from this marker); Birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement (within shouting distance of this marker); O. Henry (within shouting distance of this marker); The Trial Of Benjamin Benson (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Greensboro Law School (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Lunsford Richardson (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greensboro.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican Americans
 
The Underground Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, August 20, 2013
3. The Underground Railroad Marker
The Underground Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, August 20, 2013
4. The Underground Railroad Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 307 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 6, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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