Posted on 01/17/2008

Photo taken on April 1, 1859


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Oberlin Rescuers (April 1859)

Oberlin Rescuers (April 1859)
When John Price, a fugitive slave from Kentucky, was arrested in Oberlin, Ohio, in the early fall of 1858 and taken to nearby Wellington, an armed crowd of students and townspeople followed him and his captors.

After negotiations failed to release him, the crowd surrounded the hotel where he was being held, threatened the police, and removed Price from custody.

Price was successfully transported to freedom in Canada, but thirty-seven of the Oberlin-Wellington rescuers were indicted and at least twenty were jailed.

Nearly a year later, when all were finally freed, the abolitionist heroes were given a 'welcome home' parade and a ceremony replete with defiant speeches and triumphant songs.

The photograph shows them after their arrest -- in front of the jail in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, in April 1859.

Passages To Freedom: The Underground Railroad In History and Memory; edited by David W. Blight, Smithsonian Books