The Underground Railroad in Floyd County, Indiana

The Underground Railroad in Floyd County, Indiana

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Floyd County, Indiana, and its county seat, New Albany, are located directly across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville was a major slave-trade center, and Indiana was a free state. Many slaves fled to Floyd County via the Underground Railroad, but their fight for freedom did not end once they reached Indiana. Sufficient information on slaves coming to and through this important area may be found in court records, newspaper stories, oral history accounts, and other materials that a full and fascinating history is possible, one detailing the struggles that runaway slaves faced in Floyd County, such as local, state, and federal laws working together to keep them from advancing socially, politically, and economically. This work also discusses the attitudes, people, and places that help in explaining the successes and heartaches of escaping slaves in Floyd County. Included are a number of freedom and manumission papers, which provided court certification of the freedom of former slaves.He was a member of the Board County Public Library) of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce and an active member of ... A stained glass window exists as a memorial to him in the old German Methodist Church (now the Seventh Day Adventist Church at 4Ai8 Spring). ... helped establish a manual training school for New Albany youth, and as a member of the school board is due much of the credit foranbsp;...

Title:The Underground Railroad in Floyd County, Indiana
Author: Pamela R. Peters
Publisher:McFarland - 2001-07-11

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