The William Owen house

At the north edge of Topeka, Kansas at 3212 Rochester, the National Park Service certified the  Owen house, 3212 N.W. Rochester Road, as a place that actually harbored slaves as they were escorted to freedom in Canada before the Civil War. This house still stands but is unoccupied and partially burned. The home was used as a trading post for the small community known as Rochester during the 1850s. In January, 1859, John Brown stopped with 12 Freedom Seekers and asked Olive Owen to fix breakfast for his party.

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  1. Gary
    sorry i cannot be there for the premier of your film tomorrow. I have/had pneumonia this week, so have been laying low.
    Glad you have recorded this important Underground Railroad history. Tell Jimmy Johnson hello for us!
    I especially liked hearing his ancestor’s story/his research in Negroes for Hire, and seeing the journey the freedom seekers might have taken through the woods…good, realistic filming of that and their stories.

    tolly wildcat

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