How did blacks settle in the village of Glendale, Ohio? The answer is simple—through the Underground Railroad. Who led them? The answer to that question is why you should continue reading. It appears as though at times history only has room for a few people whose names we hear over and over again, reinforcing their importance. Others not only fall way below the radar of importance, but their existence has literally been wiped off the face of the earth. That was the price one paid for aiding slaves in their effort to achieve freedom.
Through this book, you’ll learn that there were a number of significant dedicated leaders who gave their lives and significant contributions for the freedom of a people. They were unlikely ambassadors instrumental in the Underground Railroad movement and to the village of Glendale. Among those are an amazing Underground Railroad conductor, two local black pastors of churches in the village who at the time were great influencers, and a teacher so significant in the movement that Eckstein School was named after her. You’ll learn that there were three schools for black children in Glendale before the Historic Eckstein School.
While there are many unanswered questions relating to blacks settling in Glendale, one thing is certain. Blacks lived in the village even before the village was incorporated in 1855.