William Hanby, Freedom Crusader

William Hanby, Freedom Crusader (HM8HA)

Location: Westerville, OH 43081 Franklin County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 7.573', W 82° 56.26'

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Historic Underground Railroad Site

Bishop William Hanby, (1807-1880) courageous and of strong convictions, publicly voiced his scorn at a law that made it a felony to give food to a hungry slave, or shelter to a friendless man. From pulpit, platform, and workbench he condemned the inhumane Fugitive Slave law of 1850. "We may be bound by a man-made law," he declared, "but we are more bound by a Lord-given conscience."

With the help of his family, particularly his son Ben, trusted ally and friend, they worked tirelessly to provide food and shelter to runaways who sought refuge in Hanby's barn with the saddle and harness shop. Working in collaboration with Dr. Lewis Davis, president of Otterbein University, they felt a bond of unfailing loyalty and helpfulness with others in the area, who were also dedicated to the kind of services demanded by the Underground Railroad.

When asked how he - a Christian minister - could deliberately break the law of the land, Hanby replies, "When a man made law is in conflict with God's law, there is no compromise - we choose one way or the other. Choose you this day whom you will serve, as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 25:15. These words had been the cornerstone of William Hanby's life.
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HM NumberHM8HA
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Placed ByThe Friends of Freedom Society and the Ohio Underground Railroad Association
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Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 10:28am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 334900 N 4443565
Decimal Degrees40.12621667, -82.93766667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 7.573', W 82° 56.26'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 7' 34.38" N, 82° 56' 15.60" W
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Area Code(s)614
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 160 W Main St, Westerville OH 43081, US
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