Reverend John Rankin and his wife Jean had 13 children. The entire family worked to abolish slavery. Rankin’s house overlooked the Ohio River and he would signal fugitive slaves across the river to indicate it was safe to cross. Jean cooked and sewed clothes for the runaways. John helped establish the anti-slavery society of New York and created the Ohio Anti-Slavery Society in 1835. Rankin lectured across the North for the American Anti-Slavery Society and was often the victim of mob violence.
The Underground Railroad was a network of safe houses operated by abolitionists to aid runaway slaves fleeing slavery in the Southern states. The 1850 Fugitive Slave Law permitted slave owners to reclaim fugitive slaves even if they resided in free states; thus, many slaves traveled on to the safety of Canada.
This John Rankin History Mug is part of our Abolitionist series which includes many unique individuals who played an important part in molding our history.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
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