A Road to Freedom

Talcott Hall Sculpture and Healing Garden commemorates Oberlin as a major stop on the Underground Railroad, the secret route by which abolitionists and other activists helped slaves escape to freedom in communities in the North and in Canada during the Civil War era.

As a senior at Oberlin College in 1977, Cameron Armstrong constructed the railroad piece as part of a class art project. The Class of 1977 donated funds that enabled the college to preserve his work as a permanent structure, located near Talcott Hall. A healing garden of flowering and leafed plants used by slaves on their road to freedom surrounds the sculpture.

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Photograph by Yvonne Gay Fowler