The Dearborn County Historical Society is asking for donations for an historic marker to honor one of the heroes of the Underground Railroad. To date, we have collected $365.00
 
Elijah Anderson was an African-American blacksmith who lived and worked in Lawrenceburg from about 1850 to 1854. He once told a friend that he had helped at least 1000 slaves escape to freedom, in all sorts of weather.
 
Anderson left Lawrenceburg in 1854 in hopes of finding safety in Northern Ohio, but could not resist resuming his Underground Railroad activities. In 1859, he was arrested aboard a riverboat and charged in Kentucky with “slave stealing”. He died several years later in the Kentucky prison.
 
The marker in his honor will be placed at the end of Walnut Street where there is an unobstructed view across the Ohio River to Kentucky.
 
Please send your donations to Dearborn County Historical Society at 508 West High Street, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025-1916 and indicate that it is for the Elijah Anderson Marker. The local share of the marker cost is $800.00


To contact us:
Phone: 812-537-4075
Email:
deahistory@embarqmail.com
Address: 508 West High Street
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
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