Untold Stories: Elijah Anderson, Martyr of the Underground Railroad

I am writing an article series to tell a few of these little-known but moving or illustrative “untold stories” of American greatness.

February has been titled “Black History Month,” but leftists are no more interested in telling the stories of patriotic black Americans than they are in praising white patriots. One largely untold but inspiring chapter of American history are the black heroes of the Underground Railroad, helping slaves to join them in a life of freedom. Today’s story is bittersweet, for Elijah Anderson helped bring many slaves to freedom—but he lost his life for his admirable work.

First in Madison on the Ohio River and then in Lawrenceburg, Elijah Anderson the blacksmith served as Underground Railroad “general superintendent.” Light-skinned enough to pose as a slave owner, Anderson helped around a thousand slaves reach freedom. His daring escapes included dozens of slaves in unusually large groups for escapees. Sadly, he was eventually imprisoned and died under suspicious circumstances.

Learn more about Anderson’s life and work, including how he sent coded messages, on Substack.

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Catherine Salgado is a columnist for The Rogue Review, a Writer for MRC Free Speech America, and writes her own Substack, Pro Deo et Libertate. She received the Andrew Breitbart MVP award for August 2021 from The Rogue Review for her journalism.

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