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John Rankin House

Ripley, Ohio


This was the home of Presbyterian minister John Rankin who is reputed to have been one of Ohio’s first and most active conductors on the Underground Railroad.

Rankin also wrote Letters on American Slavery, first published in book form in 1826, and among the first clearly articulated antislavery views printed west of the Appalachian Mountains. This work became standard reading for abolitionists all over the United States.

From 1822 to 1865, Rankin, along with his wife and children, assisted hundreds of freedom seekers find liberty.

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