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Eleutherian College Classroom and Chapel Building

Lancaster, Indiana
County of Jefferson.
State Route 250
National Register Number: 93001410
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Educational facility - related. The threat level was Satisfactory in
2008.
Congressional District: IN-9 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: To Be Museum; http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/underground/in3.htm.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - February 18, 1997):
Constructed between 1854 and 1856, this building is the only remaining building with integrity associated with one of the first colleges west of the Allegheny Mountains to promote college-level equal educational experiences prior to the Civil War. Families affiliated with the Neil's Creek Abolitionist Baptist Church were responsible for the founding and administration of Eleutherian College and were involved in the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad. As a hotbed of abolitionism, Lancaster was well-known as a stopping point for slaves seeking refuge on their way to freedom.

Condition:
There are no threats at this time.

The building has undergone substantial restoration using Save America's Treasures funding and NPS Underground Railroad Network to Freedom funding.


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