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Levi Coffin was an American abolitionist who assisted thousands of runaway slaves on their flight to freedom.
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When Levi Coffin moved to Newport, Indiana, in 1826, he discovered he was on a route of the Underground Railroad, by which fugitive slaves made their way from the South to Canada. Coffin then made his home into a depot, and he funneled much of the wealth that he was acquiring as a prosperous merchant into hiding and then conveying more than 3,000 “passengers” on their northern journey.
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