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8-8 Ohio River as Seen From Rankin House

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Marker Details

Title, side A
Ripley and The Ohio River
Title, side B
Same
Address
Near 18 N. Front St.
Ripley, 45167
Location
On the river side of N. Front Street
Latitude
38.7458510
Longitude
-83.8471370

Picture Details

Title
Ohio River as Seen From Rankin House
Caption
This photograph was taken from the John Rankin House near Ripley, Ohio. The house, located on a hill overlooking the Ohio River, provided Reverend John Rankin with a view into Kentucky, a slaveholding state. Fugitive slaves who crossed the Ohio River from Kentucky were welcome at the Rankin House. The John Rankin House later became a museum, part of the Ohio Historical Society's state-wide network of historic sites. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Rankin and his family are credited with helping thousands of slaves escape to freedom. John Rankin (1793-1886) was a Presbyterian minister and educator who devoted much of his life to the antislavery movement. His home has several secret rooms in which fugitive slaves were hidden. A light was placed in the window of the house to indicate that it was safe for slaves to approach. The character of Eliza in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin was reportedly inspired by a story of a woman who crossed the partially-frozen Ohio River with a baby in her arms, making it safely to Rankin's house (Om3178_001).