Rev. Samuel Crothers & the Abolition Society of Paint Valley

Coming soon! Learn about the founding of the Abolition Society of Paint Valley, one of Ohio's and the nations earliest abolition societies. In 1833, Rev. Samuel Crothers and the Greenfield Presbyterian Church hosted the first meeting of the society, which was later reorganized in 1836 as the Greenfield Anti-Slavery Society.

Rev. Crothers and other society members cooperated in the operation of the Greenfield station of the Underground Railroad, helping thousands of runaway slaves, "including, it is said, Eliza Jane Harris of Uncle Tom's Cabin fame."

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Former site of the Greenfield Presbyterian Church & final resting place of Rev. Samuel Crothers, Highland County, Ohio (2013).

Former site of the Greenfield Presbyterian Church & final resting place of Rev. Samuel Crothers, Highland County, Ohio (2013).

The original church structure was long ago destroyed and an historic tavern, known as Travelers' Rest, was relocated here in the late 1960s, marking the location of the first meeting of the Abolition Society of Paint Valley in 1833. Image courtesy of Andrew Lee Feight, Ph.D., from the Scioto Historical Series, private collection, Friendship, Ohio. View File Details Page

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Andrew Lee Feight, Ph.D., “Rev. Samuel Crothers & the Abolition Society of Paint Valley,” Scioto Historical, accessed March 24, 2017, http://sciotohistorical.org/items/show/74.

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