From Ohio History Central
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.
Ohio Historical Society Series 741 from the Ohio State Archives Collection.
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