Underground Railroad - Rev. James Poindexter


Underground Railroad - Rev. James Poindexter


Underground Railroad


Marker Text:
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 shortly after coming to Columbus with his wife, Adella, in 1838. He helped to drive the “passengers” along with other prominent conductors of the Underground Railroad. A barber by trade, he was an articulate speaker and prolific writer, speaking out against slavery and discrimination in his many speeches. He became a member of the Columbus City Council, the Columbus Board of Education, the State Forestry Board of Directors, the Columbus Pastor's Union, an Ohio School for the Blind and Wilberforce University trustee, and a contributor to the Ohio State Journal. Poindexter received many honorary degrees and served Second Baptist Church for 40 years.

Location: Second Baptist Church, 186 N. 17th Street, Columbus, Ohio




“Underground Railroad - Rev. James Poindexter,” Teaching Columbus Historic Places, accessed June 13, 2024, https://teachingcolumbus.omeka.net/items/show/128.