Th Marshall Keys house in Washington, KY. IN 1830, while visiting here from Cincinnati, Harriet Beecher (Stowe) witnessed a slave auction at the nearby courthouse. Her experience eventually wound up in her book, "Uncle Tom's Cabin".
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.
The comfortable home of John P. Parker in Ripley, OH. Parker was a slave who bought his freedom while working in a Mobile, AL foundry. He moved north to Cincinnati then on to Ripley, at that time an abolitionist river community with a fair amount of industry. While establishing a successful business, he also became an extractor of slaves from Kentucky across the river.
The Courtyard Inn, 107 4th Street Rising Sun, IN 47040 Shadrack Hathaway arrived in 1817 and built the Courtyard building in 1827. It was a general store at the time. All of the row houses were completed by 1840 and they became part of the underground railroad system during the Civil War. It faces the Ohio River, a block east of downtown rising Sun. It is a delightful place for fresh air dining in summer weather.
In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, a pedestrian walks past an entrance to the Cathedral of St. John of St. John Episcopal Church, in Providence, R.I. The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island has approved a plan to open in the shuttered church what would be the nation's first museum devoted to examining the history and church's role in the sometimes-buried legacy of slavery in northern states like Rhode Island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)