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  • W. Market Street at N. Liberty Street
    Blairsville, PA 15717
  • Category: Landmarks
  • Sub-Category: African American History Guide
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Fugitive Slave Rescue

Brief History

In April 1858, citizens of Blairsville rescued a fugitive slave, Newton, from arrest by a U.S. Marshall and Virginia slave hunters. Lewis Johnson, a local black abolitionist and conductor on the Underground Railroad, housed Newton. Indiana County was an important Underground Railroad stop.

Condition/Architectural Notes

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) marker