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Union Literary Institute

Anti-slavery Quakers and free people of color from the surrounding pre-Civil War African American settlements, in Indiana and Ohio, founded the Union Literary Institute (ULI).  This school was one of the first schools of higher education established for Negro's in the nation.  It was a manual labor school, which allowed the students to pay for their education by working on nearby farms.   The significance of ULI to the UGRR is that the founding fathers of this school, both black and white were active participants in the UGRR in Indiana and Ohio.  The site was a stopping point for many escaped slaves.  This school not only symbolized the ducation of blacks but also educated many escaped slaves whom later went on to Canada to form their own communities.

Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.

Location: 8605 600 South, Lynn, Randolph, 47355

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Roane Smothers, Vice President

Location Type: Site