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Evans, Wilson Bruce, House

Oberlin, Ohio
County of Lorain.
33 East Vine Street
National Register Number: 80003143
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Certified Local Government: NO
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Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 9, 1997):
This house was the home of Wilson Bruce Evans (1824-1898), a leading black abolitionist and successful member of Oberlin's commercial and educational communities. Evans and his brother Henry participated in the dramatic 1858 Oberlin-Wellington Rescue, saving an escaped slave who had been captured and was to be taken back to his owner in Kentucky. This was one of several well-publicized confrntations resulting from the Fuitive Slave Act of 1850, and it was significant in fueling the nation's sectional differences priort to the Civil War.

Currently, there are no threats to the landmark.

Mortar was replaced underground on the basement level by a mason with historic preservation experience.

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