The homestead of the free African American August West provided an effective hideaway for fugitive slaves during that institution’s existence and then was the center of a small African-American community along what was known as Abolition Road, in Fayette County, Ohio. The location of the home in Perry Township placed it near the town of Greenfield, which was heavily involved in the Underground Railroad. Within a very tight radius of the house lived four documented Underground Railroad operatives: Alexander Beatty, William Templeton, Ebenezer McElroy, and William Smith, all interrelated by marriage and all Presbyterians. West’s story is being researched through the efforts of the Research History Class of Washington Senior High School, Washington Court House, Ohio, which is researching census records, tax records, deeds, and other documents, in an attempt to corroborate the oral traditions passed down to West family descendants, as well as the current property owners. It is appropriate to mark the West property in commemoration of the racial cooperation necessary for the success of the Underground Railroad.
Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.
Location: Perry Township, Fayette County, 00000
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Carey/Janice Storts
Location Type: Site