Underground RR – Catherine Harris

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12 West 7th Street
Jamestown, NY
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Here stood a station of Underground R.R. in which Catherine Harris did heroic service for fugitive slaves


State Education Department — 1936

What was there

A very modest frame home, a mere 16 feet wide, where an African American woman by the name of  Catherine Harris lived and sheltered runaway slaves as they made their way north.  This was one of only a few stations in the United States run by a “colored person”.  The home served later (1881) as the meetinghouse for the A.M.E. Zion Church, (which Harris founded) and its parsonage as well.  The structure pictured in a newspaper article of an unknown date shows a greatly enlarged home compared to its original size when Harris provided refuge for the escaped slaves.

What is there now

An empty lot on a quiet residential street is all that remains of this site. We do not know when the house was torn down, but an article in the Jamestown Post-Journal indicates that it was still standing in 1984.

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