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Oswell Wright Historic Marker

In September 1857, Charles Woodford, an enslaved blacksmith, disapeared from Brandenburg, Kentucky after he had left work that he was going across the Ohio River to fish.  Oswell Wright, a free African American living in Corydon, IN and David and Charles Bell, white farmers living on the Indiana side of the Ohio River were arrested by KY officials for helping with Woodford's escape.  The Bells' relative broke into the local KY jail and freed David and Charles, who escaped further prosecution.  Only Oswell Wright was brought to court and convicted ofhelping Charles.  Wright was sentenced to five years in the KY Penitentiary for his role.  Upon release, he returned to live in Corydon, IN where he died in 1875.  Charles' escape and the arrest of those who helped him created such a furor that it came to be widely known as the Bell-Wright Case or the "Brandenburg Incident."

Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.

Location: 417 Chestnut Street, NE, Corydon, Harrison, 47112-1203

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Indiana Historical Bureau State of Indiana

Location Type: Site

Freedom Seekers: Charles Woodford

UGRR Operatives: David and Charles Bell,Oswell Wright