OOS Sculpture

Underground Railroad Monument

1977 / Cameron Armstrong / Oberlin

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Railroad track projecting upward out of the ground at a 30 degree angle. The tracks disappearing into the ground represent the involvement of the city of Oberlin in the Underground Railroad, functioning as an important stop for escaped slaves on their way to Sandusky. The townspeople of Oberlin were proud to assist former slaves in their escape, and often led fugitive slave catchers on wild goose chases through the surrounding swampy lands to buy the former slaves more time to get to Sandusky.

Location: Oberlin College, 2 S. Professor (corner of S. Professor and W. College)

County

: Lorain

Citation

: Cameron Armstrong, “Underground Railroad Monument,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture , accessed December 9, 2021, https://oos.sculpturecenter.org/index.php/items/show/44.

Title

Underground Railroad Monument

Description

Railroad track projecting upward out of the ground at a 30 degree angle. The tracks disappearing into the ground represent the involvement of the city of Oberlin in the Underground Railroad, functioning as an important stop for escaped slaves on their way to Sandusky. The townspeople of Oberlin were proud to assist former slaves in their escape, and often led fugitive slave catchers on wild goose chases through the surrounding swampy lands to buy the former slaves more time to get to Sandusky.

Date

1977

Publisher

Ohio Outdoor Sculpture

Identifier

44

Location City

Location County

Location Notes

In front of Talcott Hall, across from the Conservatory of Music.

Location Site

Location Street

2 S. Professor (corner of S. Professor and W. College)

Media Sculpture Height

17 feet

Media Sculpture Width

18 feet

Creation Date

1977

Materials