CONDUCTORS

ON THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

Here, in Oxford, Ohio, there were many "conductors" for the Underground Railroad. One of them, Enoch Haskell, was a white hatmaker who stationed slaves in his cistern, where he kept the runaways until he could transport them to another station, in Eaton. Another man, named John S. Jones, was a freed black man who conducted on the Railroad. He took slaves to Richmond, Indiana, and towns in Preble County, such as West Elkton. In Cincinnati, there was a famous conductor named John Hatfield. He was a barber and deacon in Bucktown. Hatfield was also a freed black man who transported runaway slaves from Cincinnati to two more northern cities. All these people felt the way Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would feel in the next century: "Free at last, free at last! Thank God almighty, we're free at last!"
Harriet Tubman, known to the runaway slaves as "Moses," led many people through Ohio on the routes on the Underground Railroad.

This picture came from the National Geographic Underground Railroad Website.

John S. Jones, a freed black man who was also a conductor on the Railroad.
The white man helping the slaves out of the cart is Levi Coffin, an abolitionist and conductor on the Railroad.
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