Free black Hannah Toliver was arrested in 1864 for violating the Kentucky state law of "enticing a slave." She was tried, found guilty, and sentenced to seven years in prison for aiding the escape of an unnamed slave of William Murphy of Kentucky. Hannah spent only 7 months, 18 days in prison before being pardoned by Kentucky Governor Thomas Bramlette. The timing of her arrest also reveals ongoing Underground Railroad activities during the Civil War including after the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation, since it did not free enslaved persons in slave-holding states such as Kentucky that did not sucede from the Union.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: Pearl Street and West Riverside Drive, Jeffersonville, Clark, 47130
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Indiana Historic Bureau, State of Indiana
Location Type: Site
People/Organizations Associated with the site: Governor Thomas Bramlette
Freedom Seekers: William Murphy
UGRR Operatives: Hannah Toliver