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Ruth Cox Adams Burial Site at Wyuka Cemetery

Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln, Nebraska is the final resting place of freedom seeker, Ruth Cox Adams who was born in 1818 on the Eastern Shore in Talbot County, Maryland. Ruth always dreamed of escaping slavery, and one day she did, successfully making her escape from Maryland to New York. While in the North, she met Frederick Douglass, a fellow freedom seeker who by then was a famous abolitionist who took a liking to Ruth. He claimed her to be his long lost sister, looking at how they were born around the same area and that they both vaguely remembered each other. For a long time, Ruth lived with Frederick Douglass and took care of his children and wife while he was away in other countries. Ruth later married and had kids. She kept in touch with Frederick Douglass through letters for the rest of her life. In later life, Ruth moved with her daughter and son-in-law to Nebraska where she lived the remainder of her life.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 O Street, Licoln, Lancaster, 68510

Website: Ruth Cox Adams Burial Site at Wyuka Cemetery

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Board of Trustees Wyuka Cemetery

Location Type: Site

Freedom Seekers: Ruth Cox Adams

UGRR Operatives: Frederick Douglass