Levi Coffin (1798-1877), a Quaker abolitionist, lived in Newport (now Fountain City) with his family 1826-1847. Moved from North Carolina because he and his wife, Catharine, opposed slavery. Advocated, and sold in his store, free-labor products not produced by slaves. House built circa 1839; designated a National Historic Landmark 1966.
Coffin's Reminiscences (1876) documented work in Underground Railroad and antislavery movement. The Underground Railroad refers to a widespread network of diverse people in the nineteenth century who aided slaves escaping to freedom from the southern U.S.
Courtesy of the Indiana Historical Bureau
Levi Coffin Links:
- Levi Coffin: Indiana State Historical Marker
- Levi Coffin House: National Historic Landmark.
- Levi Coffin House: Wayne County
- Levi Coffin Bio: INSPIRE, Indiana's Virtual Library (only available in Indiana)
Underground Railroad Links: