Lighting Path from Slavery to Freedom by alophoto

Lighting Path from Slavery to Freedom

Today we toured the Rankin House in Ripley, OH. A town right across the Ohio River from Kentucky.

Back in the 1800s, a family named the Rankins lived in this small house on a hilltop. They were abolitionists and acted as a stop on the underground railroad guiding slaves from Kentucky into free Ohio. Slaves were told to look for a house on a hill with a light in the window. It was their guiding light to freedom.

Over the course of time, they helped some 2,000 slaves escape the south and make their way north to their freedom. Pretty awesome people who risked their own freedom for others.
Thank you for the information and the image to go with it. It's good to know that there were people that back then, that could see the errors being committed, and were brave enough to do something about it, very brave indeed. Fav
July 17th, 2015  
Love this look through the window with just enough light to see the little lantern! I can just imagine the scene. fav
July 17th, 2015  
Sam
I think I'm required to fav this... ;) Beautiful capture!
July 17th, 2015  
@samzee Coolest thing of the day was that the young lady who was our tour guide, shared that her great great something grandfather worked for the Rankins as a paid servant. People wanted to work with them to be able to help their cause. They had 11+ kids and all the kids helped, too!
July 17th, 2015  
Cool! I remember reading about them when we lived in Cincy. Did not get to the house though. Right now I'm helping a woman with her genealogy and her great great grandpa was a station master in Connecticut. He's mentioned in books in conjunction with another man and we can't figure out the connection, if that second man is his father, brother or what. We are really stuck there. Hope some light gets shed for us!
July 17th, 2015  
It's nice to think of these people who risked so much for others. There are a lot of good people in the world, sometimes we can lose sight of that.
July 17th, 2015  
light is great here!
July 17th, 2015  
Wonderful capture! Brave, courageous folks for freedom!
July 18th, 2015  
Perfect shot for the theme of the week !
July 18th, 2015  
Gorgeous lighting and comp (excellent for the theme!)
July 18th, 2015  
:-)
July 18th, 2015  
This is magnificent
July 18th, 2015  
Awesome shot
July 18th, 2015  
Great shot, lighting, composition, history
July 18th, 2015  
beautiful lighting
July 18th, 2015  
Beautiful photo and a meaningful one, too.
July 18th, 2015  
Beautifully framed, amazing on black. FAV
July 18th, 2015  
Beautifully captured, a great pov. Fav!! 😃
July 18th, 2015  
Wonderful! I love window shots! Looks like a wonderful Place to visit!
July 18th, 2015  
Fabulous shot and history
July 18th, 2015  
Beautifully photographed, Amanda. Such lovely light.
July 18th, 2015  
One word: beautiful!! Fav.
July 18th, 2015  
beautiful poignant capture
July 19th, 2015  
Beautifully composed. WOnderful pov, lighting and emotion.
July 19th, 2015  
What brave and kind people!! They were a beacon of light, indeed! Love this for the theme!
July 19th, 2015  
nice looks like a vemeer painting
July 19th, 2015  
Superb FAV!
July 19th, 2015  
super capture. i love the story behind it too.
July 22nd, 2015  
Amazing the way you caught the window and light. What wonderful history this place contains.
July 22nd, 2015  
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