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The town of Madison was laid out on a grid in In the northern part of this section along Walnut Street is the neighborhood known as Georgetown, which once was home to prominent African-Americans in the community. The Underground Railroad leaders in Madison either lived in the Georgetown neighborhood or were associated with those in the Georgetown area. Madison as a whole and specifically the neighborhood of Georgetown possesses a high degree of integrity.
Georgetown was listed in the Network to Freedom in as the first district in the Network. Many of the congregation members had strong ties to the Underground Railroad. Over the years, the church was converted into housing. After restoration, the building will be used as a cultural center and museum to highlight the history of the Georgetown area.
William Anderson was born in Hanover County, Virginia to a free black woman, but was bound to a slaveholder as. He recalled he had been sold or exchanged hands eight or nine times. Despite his social status, he managed to learn to read and write, finally escaping slavery by writing his own pass.
He arrived in Madison on July 15, This church group asked William to stop his Underground Railroad activities, which he does not want to do. He eventually moved to another church, "African Methodist Episcopal Church" see above for information on this church. InAnderson wrote a narrative of his life, where he recalled his Underground Railroad activity.
Anderson died in in Madison and is buried in Springdale Cemetery. Anderson ran a blacksmith shop on the corner of Walnut and Third Streets in Madison. He arrived in Madison in He was known as an aggressive conductor who, because of his light skin, traveled fugitives to freedom in Canada via steamboats and trains, masquerading as a master traveling with his slaves.
He claimed to have brought to freedom while in Madison and during the time he was in nearby Lawrenceburg, Indiana. InAnderson was captured on an Ohio River steamboat and arrested by Louisville police officers.
The day Anderson was to be released from Frankfort, Kentucky prison on March 4, he was found dead in his cell. DeBaptiste settled in Madison in and immediately asserted his role as a powerful leader by contesting an Indiana law, which required a bond payment for a free black to settle in the state. DeBaptiste challenged this law and refused to make payment.
He was at first found guilty and ordered to leave. De Baptist moved to Detroit because of this incident.
He continued his work in Detroit until after the Civil War and the end of slavery. DNR IN. Find an IN. William Anderson's Home William Anderson was born in Hanover County, Virginia to a free black woman, but was bound to a slaveholder as. George DeBaptiste DeBaptiste settled in Madison in and immediately asserted his role as a powerful leader by contesting an Indiana law, which required a bond payment for a free black to settle in the state.
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