“The time has come when even a woman or a child who can speak
a word for freedom and humanity is bound to speak.” — Harriet
Beecher Stowe, 1851
June 14, 1811–July 1, 1896
Twenty-one-year-old Harriet Beecher had little experience of slavery, having grown up in New England. But that changed when her family, whose patriarch was the fiery preacher Lyman Beecher, moved to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1832. He was to take up the post as president of the Lane Theological Seminary, recently launched to educate Presbyterian ministers.
Ohio had abolished slavery in 1802 but did not welcome black immigrants. Just across the Ohio River was Kentucky, a slave state, with men and women desperate to cross the border. Ohio was all that stood between them and freedom in Canada. As a result Cincinnati was a city