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Underground Railroad Sites: Henry County

Henry County - 1895Henry County, in east central Indiana, was founded in 1821, and named in honor General Patrick Henry, a Virginia state senator and Revolutionary War hero.

Image: Indiana 1895 - Color Landform Atlas/Ray Sterner
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Perry-CastaƱeda Map Collection - UT Library Online

Greensboro, Indiana

Seth Hinshaw (1787-1865) was active on the Underground Railroad, but also operated a free labor store in Greensboro. A free labor store only sold items which were produced without the help of slave labor. Instead of cotton and sugar the store might sell wool and maple syrup.

Along with this work, Hinshaw also erected “Liberty Hall,” which held the anti-slavery meetings, which Hinshaw ran. The last meeting of the abolitionists here was in 1852, but the building remained until 1880.

Rich Square, Indiana

A large Quaker settlement, it was an active abolitionists and UGRR center in southeastern Henry County. Much of what is know about the area is thanks to the writings of Daniel Newby, the son of Thomas Newby, an active conductor.

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