Anti-Slavery marker in Elkhart

Two new historical markers were unveiled in Elkhart County today including one relating to the anti-slavery movement.

A marker was dedicated in Bristol today, relating to a slave catching case.

In 1847, three "slave raiders" tried to capture a fugitive slave in Bristol, who then escaped.

The Elkhart circuit court then convicted those raiders of causing a riot.

People in Bristol say even though the conviction was overturned by the Indiana Supreme Court, it still showed the town's feelings at that time.

"Particularly during a time when Blacks weren't welcomed in Indiana, the citizens of Bristol were willing to stand up and fight for the rights of this particular citizen. And that's something I think the people of Bristol should know," says Jeremy Hackerd of the Indiana Historical Bureau.

The marker was put up in a park in downtown Bristol joining twelve others in the county and 500 markers across the state.

Also today, a marker was dedicated at the place in Elkhart where Doctor Franklin Miles founded what became Miles Laboratories.


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