Fields of Ideals

Fields of Ideals (HM2L7K)

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N 41° 30.348', W 81° 36.522'

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A School With A Viewpoint

Side A
The home of Horatio Cyrus and Martha Cozad Ford
stood near this corner. According to interviews
conducted in the 1890s, it was a stop on the
Underground Railroad. Of New England background,
Horatio brought a set of ideals that made him
and his family active participants in the anti-slavery movement.
In the 1840s they regularly helped move fugitives to the
docks in Cleveland where a free African-American, John Brown,
arranged their passage across the lake to freedom in Canada.
After Western Reserve College moved to Cleveland in the 1880s,
the Ford home and surrounding farmlands would eventually become
part of Western Reserve University and two legacies in the
struggle against slavery would come together.

Side B

Hudson, Ohio had a reputation for standing against slavery.
The town's founder, David Hudson, was active in the Underground
Railroad. His moral attitude was embodied in Western
Reserve College, founded in Hudson in 1826. A diary notes
that students raised funds to assist a fugitive slave family. In
the 1830s, a debate regarding the best way (immediate abolition
vs colonization) to abolish slavery divided the college. It
survived and in 1854 invited Frederick Douglass to deliver the
commencement address. In 1882 the college relocated to
Cleveland. That it came to rest on the Ford family



farm was
a most appropriate merger of ideals.
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HM NumberHM2L7K
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Year Placed2017
Placed ByThe Friends of Freedom Society, Inc. Case Western Reserve University Allen H. Ford
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 26th, 2019 at 2:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 449200 N 4595086
Decimal Degrees41.50580000, -81.60870000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 30.348', W 81° 36.522'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 30' 20.88" N, 81° 36' 31.32" W
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