Coffin, Levi

Coffin, Levi,

1798–1877, American abolitionist, b. North Carolina. In 1826 he moved to the Quaker settlement of Newport (now Fountain City), Ind., where he kept a store until 1847. His home became a leading station of the Underground RailroadUnderground Railroad,
in U.S. history, loosely organized system for helping fugitive slaves escape to Canada or to areas of safety in free states. It was run by local groups of Northern abolitionists, both white and free blacks.
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, and he was a leader in organizing the region to aid fugitive slaves. In 1864 he went to England to organize an English Freedman's Aid Society, and in 1867 he attended the International Anti-Slavery Conference in Paris as a delegate.


See his Reminiscences (3d ed. 1898, repr. 1968).

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