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Wilson Bruce Evans House

Oberlin, Ohio


Constructed in 1854-56, this house was the residence of Wilson Bruce Evans, a leading African American abolitionist and successful member of Oberlin’s commercial and educational communities.

Evans and his brother Henry were participants in the well-known 1858 Oberlin-Wellington Rescue. This rescue of a freedom seeker, who had been captured and was to be taken back to his master in Kentucky, was one of several open and well-publicized confrontations over the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.

Events like this were significant in fueling the sectional differences in the United States prior to the Civil War.