Dr Robert Mitchell and his wife Jane

Dr Robert Mitchell and his wife Jane

Indiana County Underground Railroad Conductors

As early as 1839, citizens of Indiana County had formed two anti-slavery societies. These society members were considered extremists and their anti-slavery views were not widely popular in Indiana County. By 1845 when the issue was brought to the forefront by the kidnapping of a freedom seeker in Indiana, the county seat, public sentiment turned.

To date, the Blairsville Area Underground Railroad has identified 60 underground railroad conductors in Indiana County. In a 1858 letter to famous abolitionist Theodore Parker, geologist Peter Lesley writes that “Three thousand good and true men could be concentrated in thirty-six hours at any point in Indiana County.”

 
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Judge Thomas White

Judge Thomas White

 
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Richard, Alexander, and Harry White

Richard, Alexander, and Harry White

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