Description: Phebe Benedict kept the central station of the Underground Railroad in the Alum Creek Friends' Settlement, Peru Township, Morrow County, Ohio, along with her husband, Aaron. The couple was active in assisting escaping slaves, at one point harboring sixty-one fugitive slaves at their house in a single month. This cabinet card is from J.S. Barnard in Pembrook, Massachusetts. The picture was sent to Wilbur H. Siebert by L.A. Benedict, for use in his research on the Underground Railroad. Siebert (1866-1961) began researching the Underground Railroad in the 1890s as a way to interest his students in history. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL03170 Subjects: Women abolitionists - Ohio; Underground Railroad; Ohio History--Slavery, Anti-Slavery and Civil Rights Places: Peru Township (Ohio); Morrow County (Ohio)
Description: Caption reads: “Negative of Stringer Mansion. Jefferson County.”
The Stringer House, located at 224 Warren Avenue in Rayland, Ohio, was built by wealthy abolitionist John Brown Bayless in 1836. Bayless was an abolitionist from Maryland who moved to the area with his wife and several black servants who were granted freedom but did not leave his household. The home is said to have been part of the Underground Railroad--escaping slaves traveling to Mount Pleasant used a tunnel that spanned from the house to the nearby river.
Jefferson D. Stringer bought the house in 1860. Rutherford B. Hayes was believed to be among the guests of the mansion before becoming governor. The mansion was destroyed by a fire in 1982. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: SA1039AV_B15F03_004_01 Subjects: Stringer, J. D.; Architecture; Stone architecture, Domestic--Ohio; Underground Railroad Places: Rayland (Ohio); Jefferson County (Ohio)
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