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Front Text : "Green Lawn Cemetery"
Landscape architect Howard Daniels designed the original portion of Green Lawn Cemetery in 1848. Noted Columbus architect Frank Packard designed Green Lawn's Chapel mausoleum, the Hayden family mausoleum, and the…

Rev. Thomas Woodrow was the maternal grandfather of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. Rev. Woodrow was pastor of the Worthington Presbyterian Church and a conductor on the Underground Railroad.

Rev. James Preston Poindexter became pastor of Second Baptist Church in 1858 after Second Baptist and the Anti-Slavery church merged. He joined the Underground Railroad shortly after coming to Columbus with his wife, Adella, in 1838. in 1880, he…

Oscar Kelton was the son of Fernando and Sophia Kelton, prominent Columbus abolitionists. The Kelton House on East Town Street was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Oscar Kelton was killed in the Civil War in 1864.

Marker Text: When Fernando Cortez and Sophia Stone Kelton built this house in 1852, it was the last residence on East Town Street and was surrounded by pastureland. Ardent abolitionists, the Keltons were members of the local antislavery society.…

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Second Baptist Church - Columbus' Oldest Black Baptist Church, 1836

Second Baptist Church cordially received its independence as a mission church from the First Baptist Church on January 7, 1836. Rev. Ezekiel Fields was…

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James P. Poindexter Leads the Anti-Slavery Baptist Church

James Preston Poindexter (1819-1907) became pastor of Second Baptist Church in 1858 after Second Baptist and the Anti-Slavery church merged. He joined the Underground Railroad…

Marker Text: The Stoner House, built circa 1862 on a natural spring thought to have medicinal properties, served as an inn, tavern, and spa, and as a hiding place for runaway slaves. George Stoner, owner and operator, drove the stagecoach from…

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Side A: 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…

Rev. Jason Bull conducted services in the Clinton Chapel (Methodist Episcopal Church) at this site while his daughter took food and water to runaways hidden in an interior room.

Location: 3100 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio

This home was built by Robert Neil in 1856 and later owned by his brother Henry Neil. Ambrose and Catherine Juris were servants for the Neil family for many years. The cellar contains a small enclosed room that may have been used to hide runaway…

Ozem Gardner came to Ohio from Otsego County, New York in 1817. An active member of the Worthington Anti-Slavery Society, he operated an underground railroad station from his home on Flint Road. He traveled the area selling fresh vegetables with…

Built in 1856, this property was encircled by mounds built by the Adena Indians. It contained two "blind rooms" in the basement.

Location: 3845 Westerville Road, Columbus, Ohio

Hannibal H. Kimball used his two-story barn to hide runaways until he could get them to the barn of Samuel Chamberlain further east.

Location: 452 Kimball Place, Columbus, Ohio

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Side A: Sharp Family Homes
The Sharp family homes and their locations on N. State Street and Africa Road mark an important route through Westerville on the Underground Railroad. The family patriarch, Garrit Sharp, was an original…
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