: Photograph showing a house that was once used as a "station" on the Underground Railroad. The description on the back of the photograph reads: "Lazy Man's Rest, another station." The Underground Railroad was a system of safe houses and hiding places that helped fugitive slaves escape to freedom in the northern United States or across the border in Canada.
Anson Pearl Howard built his home in Mechanicsburg in 1855, calling it "Lazy Man's Rest." He regularly hid fugitive slaves on the premises, sometimes housing as many as ten at a time in the cellar. Howard went on to represent his county in both the U.S. House and the Senate during the Civil War.
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: SC1338_004_001 Subjects
: Underground Railroad--Ohio; Abolition; Abolitionists; African Americans--History; Houses; Antislavery movements--Ohio--History--19th century Places
: Mechanicsburg (Ohio); Champaign County (Ohio)