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George and Rebecca Barnes House

Meetings took place in the home to determine the best routes for freedom seekers to take once they arrived in Syracuse. The home was also the site of many meetings to plan the anti-slavery convention held in Syracuse in 1854. (Standard, July 31, 1854)

 Mr. Barnes and another activist, Mr. Charles Sedgwick, contributed bail money for those indicted as a result of the Jerry Rescue that took place in the city. George Barnes along with others, signed bail for $2000 each for a group who helped with the Rescue and signed bail for another $4000 for William Thompson, an African American. Sedgwick served as their legal counsel. (Standard, October 16 and 21, 1851.)

In March of 1854 he signed a call for a meeting to support the rescue of a freedom seeker in Milwaukee, WI. (Standard, March 20, 1854)

In April of 1854 he was one of the Directors of a newly formed City Anti-Slavery Society. (Religious Records April 13, 1854)

The home was visited many times by such notables as Samuel May who married George and Rebecca. May was involved with Underground Railroad activities in Massachusetts.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: 930 James St, Syracuse, Onondaga, 13203

Contact Information: 315-934-4290 (main phone)

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: George and Rebecca Barnes Foundation

Location Type: Site

Freedom Seekers: William (MD, 1836),William Thompson

UGRR Operatives: Charles Sedgwick,George Barnes