NAHOF symopsia John Rankin 682


The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum (NAHOF) in Peterboro,NY. 
 19th Century abolitionists presented for the Colgate University Upstate Institute Abolition Symposia on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 19 at the Peterboro United Methodist Church, across the road from NAHOF at 5255 Pleasant Valley Road.
John Rankin (1793- 1886) was nominated and will be presented by John R. McKivigan PhD, Mary O’Brien Gibson Professor of American History at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. Rankin was one of the nation’s best-known Underground Railroad station masters assisting fugitives coming across the Ohio River to Ripley, Ohio from Kentucky. Rankin was the source for the real-life story that inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe’s fictional character, Eliza Harris, in Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

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