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Ripley, Ohio and the Gist Settlements

Ripley, Ohio is believed to be one of the most active Underground Railroad Settlements in the region. Though very close to Kentucky, Ripley boasted two African American communities just outside of its town limits. Samuel Gist manumitted several hundred of his slaves, and his children purchased land around Ripley to establish free black communities. These former slaves provided clothing, food and shelter for those making their way to freedom.

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This program was funded by the U.S. Department of Education Underground Railroad Educational and Cultural Program.