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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
2006.
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.

Condition:
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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