November 07, 2013

On this day...October 28, 1798

On this day...
October 28, 1798
Levi Coffin often referred to as "President" of The Underground Railroad was born 235 years ago on this day. Levi an abolitionist, temperance leader, and philanthropist, was born in New Garden, Guilford Cou...nty, a descendant of Tristam Coffin, who came to America in 1642 and was one of nine purchasers of Nantucket from the Indians. Levi and Catharine Coffin, were North Carolina Quakers who opposed slavery and during the 20 years they lived in Newport, the Coffins helped more than 2,000 slaves reach safety.
Life for a runaway slave was full of hazards. The journey to freedom meant traveling only a few miles at night, using the North Star as a map and trying to avoid search parties. Often, escaped slaves would hide in homes or on the property of antislavery supporters. These stops to freedom were called Underground Railroad stations because they resembled stops a train would make between destinations. "Underground" refers the the secret nature of the system.

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