AN UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
Fairfield historian Rory Goff has written a new book that reveals Fairfield as a busy hub of anti-slavery and Underground Railroad activity from 1839 through the Civil War. "Underground Railroad and Anti-Slavery Networks in Fairfield Iowa" uncovers networked hidden operators stretching into Jefferson County from slave-holding Missouri.
Aided by compassionate locals, freedom-seekers often came north to Fairfield along creek beds, then north and east.
This biographical dictionary tells the story of Fairfield’s involvement in the movement to free Southern slaves before the Civil War, and includes in-depth genealogical data on heroes who illegally supported this effort. Some risked their lives to help the oppressed to freedom.
Mr. Goff will highlight personalities and events that created and sustained the secret fight for freedom. The book is packed with fascinating stories and little-known family ties of many with descendants yet living in Fairfield and around the country. This is a 500-page book to be published by Merrymeeting Archives LLC this spring.
Contact: Fairfield Public Library - Front Desk 641-472-6551