Dr. Samuel Tibbets was a cofounder and trustee of the Eleutherian
in Lancaster, Indiana, which was one of the earliest educational opportunities for women and African-Americans before the Civil War. He was an abolitionist and
president of Neil's Creek Anti-Slavery Society, 1839-1845. His
son, John Henry Tibbets
was an Underground Railroad conductor. John's document, "The Reminiscences
of Slavery Times
", is a rare first hand account of his adventures. The Tibbets family brought their underground
railroad methods from Clermont County,
Ohio, where they cofounded the abolitionist "Lindale
Baptist Church". Many of the photos on this website were taken at the Eleutherian College in Lancaster, Indiana.
Dedication of John and Sarah Tibbets, Sept 2006
Photos from June 2004 Commemoration
On June 19, 2004, a historical marker was dedicated at the Eleutherian College commemorating its role in the antislavery movement. Here are photos from that day, including anti-slavery related locations in Madison and Lancaster, Indiana, and Cincinatti, Lindale, New Richmond and the Rankin house in Ohio.