James Washington Cockrum

James Washington Cockrum (HMW7K)

Location: Oakland City, IN 47660 Gibson County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 20.268', W 87° 20.981'

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Born 1799 in North Carolina. Purchased land 1818 in Gibson County. Cockrum and Jacob Warrick Hargrove laid out the town of Oakland (now Oakland City) on January 15, 1856. Cockrum and his son William Monroe Cockrum, along with sympathizers in Warrick, Gibson, and Pike counties, aided enslaved blacks seeking freedom. Cockrum died November 19, 1875.

Side 'Two'

James W. Cockrum's barn, originally located on this property, was used to hide freedom seekers. 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.
HM NumberHMW7K
Series This marker is part of the Indiana: Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers series
Marker Number26.2005.1
Year Placed2005
Placed ByIndiana Historical Bureau, City of Oakland City, Oakland City University, Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology, IDNR
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 1:00pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 469440 N 4243353
Decimal Degrees38.33780000, -87.34968333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 20.268', W 87° 20.981'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 20' 16.08" N, 87° 20' 58.86" W
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Area Code(s)812
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 159-199 S Clay St, Oakland City IN 47660, US
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