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Underground Railroad house in Indiana gets historical marker

An Underground Railroad safe house in Indiana has received a historical marker.

Posted: Jun 4, 2018 3:40 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — An Underground Railroad safe house in Indiana has received a historical marker.

The Lafayette chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution unveiled the marker on Saturday. It commemorates the work of Quaker couple Buddell and Elizabeth Sleeper, who helped runaway slaves escape to Canada.

The Sleepers moved to the area in 1835. The marker will detail their contributions to the Underground Railroad, such as hiding runaways under a trap door and shielding them with bags of wheat as they transported them to the next safe house.

DAR historian Katherine Windle Cox says the group was able to raise $6,300 for the project, double the organization's fundraising goal. The extra funds will be used for a live storytelling event about the Underground Railroad.

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