John Freeman

John Freeman (HMJ7)

Location: Indianapolis, IN 46204 Marion County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 46.902', W 86° 9.343'

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In 1844, John Freeman, a free black, purchased land in Indianapolis. By 1853, he owned land in this area worth $6,000. In June 1853, a slaveholder claimed Freeman was his runaway slave. Freeman spent nine weeks in jail; he hired lawyers; claim was dismissed. Black citizens held public meeting August 29 at Masonic Hall to congratulate Freeman.

Under Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, seizure of free blacks and freedom seekers in the north was common.

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.
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HM NumberHMJ7
Series This marker is part of the Indiana: Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers series
Marker Number49.2006.2
Year Placed2006
Placed ByIndiana Historical Bureau, Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology, IDNR; African American Landmarks Committee of Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, Inc.; Fred A. Taylor, and Gwen Crenshaw
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 11:21pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 572297 N 4403869
Decimal Degrees39.78170000, -86.15571667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 46.902', W 86° 9.343'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 46' 54.12" N, 86° 9' 20.58" W
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Area Code(s)317
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1021 N Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis IN 46204, US
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