Mon March 5, 2012
Group Refreshes Underground Railroad Markers
An Ohio group is offering fresh flags to identify Underground Railroad stops that once helped slaves escape to freedom.
A volunteer group that publicizes Ohio's Underground Railroad history distributed flags that could be displayed to identify former stations in the state. Now the group, called the Friends of Freedom Society, is offering new flags to replace those that are tattered and torn.
The Columbus Dispatch reports more than two dozen documented Underground Railroad stations have survived in central Ohio, and most are privately owned. Three are run as museums.
About 40,000 of the estimated 100,000 slaves who escaped to freedom through the Underground Rialroad are believed to have traveled through Ohio.