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Wilson Bruce Evans House

Wilson Bruce Evans House
Wilson Bruce Evans House is located in Ohio
Wilson Bruce Evans House
Location 33 E. Vine St., Oberlin, Ohio
Built 1856
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Italianate
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 80003143
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 16, 1980[1]
Designated NHL December 9, 1997[2]

Wilson Bruce Evans House, also known as LOR-239-21, is a house in Oberlin, Ohio and was a major stop on the Underground Railroad. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1997.[2][3]


The Evans house was the home of Wilson Bruce Evans, a prominent African-American abolitionist and early benefactor of Oberlin College, the first college to admit students of color. Evans rose to national attention after his importance in the 1858 Oberlin-Wellington Rescue, one of the events that challenged the controversial Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.[4] Although Evans was not an outspoken abolitionist like his colleagues Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass, Evans was cited as a man who "put justice above his own safety." The house was a frequent stop for travelers on the Underground Railroad such as Harriet Tubman.[5]

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  3. ^ and Accompanying seven photos, exterior and interior, from 1996 PDF (32 KB)
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External links

  • National Park Service article about the house
  • Oberlin College information about the house

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