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This stone house was partially torn down in 1953. It has housed many run-away slaves. Slave owners were very indignant over the escape of their valuable slaves, and in 1853 got the fugitive slave law passed. This law required that all run-away slaves found in the North be arrested and, without trial by jury, be returned to their masters. Other laws also made it a crime for anyone to assist the slaves in their escape. Needless to say, many of the people in Ohio, as in other Northern states, followed a higher law, that of God, instead of the federal laws.
Greene County, Ohio