Wilson Bruce Evans House

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Wilson Bruce Evans House
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Wilson Bruce Evans House is located in Ohio
Wilson Bruce Evans House
Location 33 E. Vine St., Oberlin, Ohio
Coordinates 41°17′19″N 82°12′59″W / 41.28861°N 82.21639°W / 41.28861; -82.21639Coordinates: 41°17′19″N 82°12′59″W / 41.28861°N 82.21639°W / 41.28861; -82.21639
Built 1856
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Italianate
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 80003143
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 16, 1980[1]
Designated NHL December 9, 1997[2]

Wilson Bruce Evans House, also known as LOR-239-21, is a house in Oberlin, Ohio and was a major stop on the Underground Railroad. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1997.[2][3]


The Evans house was the home of Wilson Bruce Evans, a prominent African-American abolitionist and early benefactor of Oberlin College, the first college to admit students of color. Evans rose to national attention after his importance in the 1858 Oberlin-Wellington Rescue, one of the events that challenged the controversial Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.[4] Although Evans was not an outspoken abolitionist like his colleagues Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass, Evans was cited as a man who "put justice above his own safety." The house was a frequent stop for travelers on the Underground Railroad such as Harriet Tubman.[5]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Wilson Bruce Evans House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-04-29. 
  3. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination:" (PDF). National Park Service. , 19.  Check date values in: |date= (help) and Accompanying seven photos, exterior and interior, from 1996 PDF (32 KB)
  4. ^ "Wilson Bruce Evans House". NPS. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Evans House". National Park Service. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 

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