African American History from Lawrence County Ohio

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Compiled by: Martha J. (Kounse) Martin, Sharon Kouns, and others

    • Old Aleck, Horse Lover and Ex-Slave Has Rich Memory: Take His Word For It “You Can’t Beat the Ponies”
    • The First Iron Furnace This story tells about a runaway slave killing John Bruce; also speaks of Thomas W. Means being an abolitionist.
    • Bloody Affair “This story was found in the Oregon Spectator Newspaper, December 12, 1850. The paper quotes the Ohio Journal. The actual incident happened July 15, 1850. As the Ironton Register didn’t begin until August 1, 1850, this is a part of history that would have been lost forever had these newspapermen not recorded it in the far west.”

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