Oberlin: Freedom’s Friends History Walk

By karyncw150, posted on April 8th, 2011.
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Prior to the Civil War, as many as 3,ooo African Americans passed through or lived in Oberlin after escaping from slavery. The town was once said to be second only to Canada as an asylum for freedom seekers. This guided neighbourhood history walk is about the historic decisions that shaped Oberlin’s growth as a station and highlights the individuals and events that marked Oberlin as one of the most active stations of the Underground Railroad. Stories include Oberlin College’s acceptance of African American students, the famous ship Amistad, men who volunteered for John Brown’s violent raid on Harper’s Ferry and local efforts to thwart slave catchers. The tour begins at the front steps of   First Church, U.C.C. at the northwest corner of the Main and Lorain Streets.

Details: Tickets must be purchased through the website www.oberlinheritage.org or at the Monroe House’s Museum Store. $6 per adult (a $1 discount for OHC members and for college/university students); free for children under 18.   History walks may be cancelled if it is raining at the start of the tour and fees will be refunded.

Sponsor: Oberlin Heritage Center

Location: Tour starts at northwest corner of Main and Lorain Streets in front of First Church in Oberlin, Ohio. Oberlin Heritage Center is located at 73 1/2 S. Professor Street, Oberlin.

For more information and how to register, please visit:  www.oberlinheritage.org.

 

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