This site marks the Marshall home of Adam and Sarah Crosswhite where Kentuckians attempted to recapture six members of the Crosswhite family. During the 1840s, Marshall residents expressed strong antislavery sentiments through the press, political organizations, and community resistance to slavery. In addition to hosting a meeting of the Michigan Antislavery Society in 1842, Marshall residents helped create one of Michigans' most notable responses to slavery in 1847. Adam and Sarah Crosswhite and their four children escaped from slavery and the Carroll County, Kentucky farm of Francis Giltner in August 1843. The Crosswhites settled in Marshall and helped establish the growing African American community there. In 1847, Giltner representatives attempt to recapture the Crosswhites in Marshall resulted in a trial that captured the attention of many and garnered extensive press coverage. The jury decided the people of Marshall had violated the 1793 Fugitive Slave Act and the court ordered payment to the Kentuckians. This marker shows a step on that road to freedom.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: Lincoln Street and Michigan Avenue, Marshall, 49068
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Christopher Olson
Location Type: Site
People/Organizations Associated with the site: Michigan Antislavery Society
Freedom Seekers: Adam Crosswhite