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OHIO 2017

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63 w w w . o h i o h a s i t . c o m U N D E R G R O U N D TAKING A STAND FOR FREEDOM DRIVING TOUR CHAMPAIGN, LOGAN AND UNION COUNTIES Groups can experience something diff erent on the Stand for Free- dom Driving Tour that spans three counties. e route begins in Me- chanicsburg and travels up state Route 559 to Marysville, Bellefon- taine, Northwood and West Liberty, ending in Urbana. In Champaign County, fugitives were hidden in homes located in several towns. Some of those homes are private residences today. e Woodstock and Quaker Friends cemeteries contain graves of families and Underground Railroad operators who aided the fl ight to freedom. Union County became the intersection of three routes, and sta- tions began operating in the 1830s. In Marysville, the Cyprian Lee Home is the town's oldest brick house and was used in the Under- ground Railroad. e Weller Log Home, a restored log cabin and house museum, showcases the county's history, including Uncle Joe Mayo, who, as a free person of color, assisted approximately 250 peo- ple seeking freedom. In Bellefontaine, the Logan County Museum and Orr Mansion devotes an exhibit to the Underground Railroad. e museum contains a bedroom set on which freedom seekers slept during their journey north. Courtesy Logan County Museum Furniture used by fl eeing slaves

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