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John_Price_nd_100.jpg
Drawing of John Price, the runaway slave who was rescued from slave catchers by Oberlin and Wellington residents on 13 September 1858. This event led to the indictment of the Oberlin Rescuers, a trial, and their subsequent release from prison in July…

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Transcription: "Registered in the Office of the Clerk of the County court of Henrico, on the 14th day of November 1853, Number 1849. Stephen Pottie, a black man, about 25 years old, five feet eleven and a half inches high, with a wart on the second…

Young_Men's_AntiSlavery_Society_1851-53_1.jpg
Inside cover and first page of the record book of meetings and membership list for the Young Men's Anti-Slavery Society, Oberlin, Ohio, 14 September 1851 to 13 August 1853.

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Before the Oberlin-Wellington Rescue in September 1858, one of the few extant records that reports on the runaway slave John Price is the Trustee Records of Russia Township, Lorain County, 1855-87, page 77. Here the Trustees order payments on May 14,…

John_H_Scott_family.jpg
John Scott was a former slave from North Carolina who owned a store in Oberlin. On September 13, 1858 his employee Lewis Sheridan Leary told him about the capture of fugitive slave John Price. Scott borrowed a "swift mare" and a buggy, and raced to…

confidence_game_1876.jpg
This original miniature drawing by Charles H. Churchill, Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy at Oberlin from 1856-1897, depicts a commonly-used tactic to foil slave catchers on the Underground Railroad near Oberlin, Ohio. The…

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Blake_Monroe_9_6_1858.jpg
Note written from the American House hotel in Medina, Ohio by H. G. Blake to Oberlin College Professors James Monroe and Henry Peck, telling them that he is entrusting five slaves to their care in helping them along the Underground Railroad on…

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Article on "The Higher and Lower Law" by John Keep, Oberlin Institute (later College) trustee, in the Oberlin Evangelist,April 14, 1852. The Oberlin-Wellington Rescuers answered to a Higher Law in defying the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 to rescue John…

HiOHi_1944.jpg
Kenji Okuda (1922-2011), Oberlin College Class of 1945, came to Oberlin from a relocation camp in Colorado. Okuda remembered that he received a warm welcome to Oberlin by students, faculty, and staff. in his junior year he was elected president of…
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