Slide 1On a hill in the village of Lancaster in Southern Indiana stands a majestic edifice, Eleutherian College, a monument to a community that believed in individual equality, education, and equal opportunity without regard to race or gender. The name Eleutherian, derived from the Greek word 'eleutheros' meaning freedom or liberty, was chosen because it represented the highest aspiration of the African-Americans who lived, worked, studied, and worshipped in Jefferson County, and who contributed immeasurably to its history.
William C. Thompson, “Eleutherian Institute: A Sketch of a Unique Step in the Educational History of Indiana,” Indiana Magazine of History 19 (June 1923): 109-31.
John H. Tibbets, “Reminiscence of Slavery Times,” handwritten manuscript, Theodore L. Steele Papers, Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Stephen F. Cox, “Twenty Years on the Underground Railroad: John H. Tibbetts' "Reminiscence of Slavery Times.” The Hoosier Genealogist: Connections 46:4 (2006): 163-70.
Keith P. Griffler, Front Line of Freedom: African Americans and the Forging of the Underground Railroad in the Ohio Valley (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2004).
Madison Daily Courier, 25 March 1856.
Indiana State Journal (Daily), 6 August 1858.
Thomas C. Buchanan, Black Life on the Mississippi: Slaves, Free Blacks, and the Western Steamboat World (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004).
Richard B. Kielbowicz, News in the Mail: The Press, Post Office, and Public Information, 1700-1860s (New York: Greenwood Press, 1989).