Levi Coffin Biography

Activist (1798–1877)
Levi Coffin was an American abolitionist who assisted thousands of runaway slaves on their flight to freedom.


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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