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Medina OHio


Hello All

As you ride through Medina,Ohio (map 50, detail) you will note  the route zig zags through town - for a purpose.  The large white house  (324 E. Washington St.) on the southeast corner of S. Jefferson St. and E.Washington St. was the H.G. Blake house in UGRR times.  It was a major station on the UGRR, and being 1 block from the County courthouse, harboring slaves took place under the noses of the County Commissioners and judiciary.  The slaves were hidden in a large barn behind the house which is now gone.  Another station was the yellow house across from the cemetary on the northeast corner of E Liberty and Spring Grove St.  Slaves were hidden in a cavity  under the floor in the living room.

Anthony Ratajczak


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