This photograph shows an ex-slave near the banks of the Ohio River, where many fugitive slaves crossed over from Kentucky into the free state. The Ripley Trail led them through the woods to the safe harbor of John Rankin's home, a station on the Underground Railroad that provided food and shelter to over 2000 runaway slaves.
Page Two~The American slave trade was an international business. It began in Western Africa, where prisoners were taken for sale to European and American slave traders, and continued in permanent and impromptu slave markets in the United States, ultimately concentrated in the South. Not only were some ten to fifteen million Africans ripped from their lives and families to be imported to the New World
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