Leithan Spinks , 82, was born a slave to Fay Thompson , in Rankin County, Mississippi. Soon after Leithan's birth, Mr. Thompson moved to E. Foliciana Parish, Louisiana. Leithean was happy in slave days, and stayed with her master two years after she was freed. She lives at 2600 Herrick St., Fort Worth, Texas.
The Rankin House in Ripley Ohio was an important stop on the Underground Railroad in southern Ohio through which many slaves escaped from the South to freedom. John Rankin was a Presbyterian minister and educator who devoted much of his life to the antislavery movement. From 1825 to 1865 Rankin and his wife Jean, with their Brown County neighbors, sheltered more than 2,000 slaves escaping to freedom, with as many as 12 escapees being hidden in the Rankin home at one time.