Second Baptist Church took active role in Underground Railroad

Sandusky's Second Baptist Church is second to none in its impact on local history.
Tom Jackson
Feb 4, 2013



The storied past of the church at 315 Decatur St. is being recalled as Black History Month is celebrated across the U.S. Second Baptist, which boasts its own historical marker in the front, has gone by several names in its 164 years.

Seven former slaves and black freemen formed the church in 1849, under the name Zion Baptist Church.

Before the Civil War it was reorganized under a new name: First Regular Anti-Slavery Baptist Church. It was a bold name, and the church lived up to it.

The Sandusky History blog, citing an account by the 19th century anti-slavery advocate and lawyer Rush Sloane, notes that local blacks were the backbone of the Underground Railroad, the secret network that helped slaves who escaped bondage in the South make their way to freedom in Canada.

"Sandusky's Second Baptist Church was an active station on the Underground Railroad," according to the blog. "Fugitive slaves were fed and housed at the church while waiting for their passage to Canada."

Read more about the church's role in black history in today's Register or e-paper.




C C Keech, a local businessman would employ these individuals while they waited to cross the lake.

Kottage Kat

Is there a book with role of Erie and Huron counties role in the under ground railroad?

Thank you


Sandusky Library had a great program on the role of Sandusky in the Underground Railroad, as well as information on an early African American settlement prior to the Civil War and promenient people of color during this time period.

Kottage Kat

Thank you so Mich for the information, I will be in sandusky Fri and will check it out.
Love historyand this area is so rich in that.
Again thank ypu

AJ Oliver

It was our finest hour - taking a stand against the government for the cause of freedom. Sometimes you have to obey the higher law. And I love the inspiring sculpture & display at Facer Park. Does anyone know the types of personal sailboats used to take escapees to Canada (there were some, I understand)? I want to try to convince the Maritime Museum to build and display one.


every church somewhere had a roll in the underground rr ..js