The Gist of Freedom

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Underground Railroad Abolitionist Rev. John Rankin,

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Join The Gist of Freedom Host, R. Lee Gordon and Elizabeth Rankin-Fulcher, descendant John Rankin. Rev. Rankin, a Presbyterian minister was one of the earliest voices in the country against slavery. Rankin's "Letters on Slavery" - - greatly influenced William Lloyd Garrison and many other abolitionists. He, his wife Jean, and their thirteen children all helped fight slavery. Reverend Rankin spoke across the country and began local anti-slavery organizations throughout the region. Mrs. Rankin sewed clothes and cooked for the freedom seekers whom she hid in her"Liberty Hill" home. The historical house overlooks the Ohio River. *Excerpt taken from

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