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: In front of Talcott Hall, across from the Conservatory of Music., 2 S. Professor (corner of S. Professor and W. College)

County

: Lorain

Citation

: Cameron Armstrong, “Underground Railroad Monument,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture , accessed July 27, 2021, https://oos.sculpturecenter.org/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

Location City

Location County

Location Street

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

Media Sculpture Height

17 ft

Media Sculpture Width

18 ft

Creation Date

01/01/1977