Chapter 7: Rev. Rankin's Disguise

January 2004
Freedom Stairs;2004, p41
Book Chapter
The article discusses the author's experiences in helping a woman slave rescue her children in Kentucky. The Rankin family devised a light signal to warn about the appearance of slave hunters in Ripley, Ohio. The slave crossed the river to Kentucky in the middle of the night to prevent from being discovered. Reverend John Rankin decided to disguise himself as a woman to deflect the attention of slave hunters from the fugitive slave and her children.


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