Underground Railroad Marker - Portsmouth, OH
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
N 38° 43.905 W 082° 59.791
17S E 326459 N 4288901
Quick Description: This marker is located at the U.S. Grant Bridge that crosses the Ohio River between Portsmouth, Ohio, and South Shore, Kentucky. Portsmouth was one of the hubs of the underground railroad as slaves crossed the Ohio River to freedom.
Location: Ohio, United States
Date Posted: 12/25/2008 6:18:06 AM
Waymark Code: WM5DYK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member unimoggers
Views: 11

Long Description:


The Underground Railroad was neither underground nor a railroad, but a system of loosely connected safe havens where those escaping the brutal conditions of slavery were sheltered, fed, clothed, nursed, concealed, disguised, and instructed during their journey to freedom. Although this movement was one of America's greatest social, moral, and humanitarian endeavors, the details about it were often cloaked in secrecy to protect those involved from retribution of civil law and slave-catchers. Ohio's history has been permanently shaped by the thousands of runaway slaves passing through or finding permanent residence in this state.

Co-sponsorship of ODOT and Friends of Freedom Society

Chillicothe St.
Portsmouth, OH United States

Open to the public?: Public

Name of organization who placed the marker: Ohio Department of Transportation & Friends of Freedom Society

Web site: Not listed

Site Details: Not listed

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