Ohio students are researching the Underground Railroad sites in Ripley, Ohio.
Ripley played an important part in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” who wrote about Eliza escaping slavery across the frozen Ohio River to Ripley. It was also home to prominent abolitionists, and an early stop on the Underground Railroad.
Honors history students from Arlington High School hope to nominate several sites in Ripley to the National Park Service’s Network to Freedom. This is a registry of sites that were part of the Underground Railroad. They left with their teacher Barry Jurgensen for Cincinnati to visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center along with the Ripley sites.
“I’m really excited to see the places that Harriet Beecher Stowe referenced in her book and being able to see the Freedom Center,” said Rachel Kraemer, a junior. “I’m just excited to go see all the different things and not just actually look at a computer, but take pictures for our own information.”