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Monday, 29 September 2008 00:41


Asa Talcott House

The Asa Talcott home is located at 859 Grove Street. February 1844 a slave fleeing from his pursuers was helped by Illinois College students. The fugitive was found hiding in the Negro community, an area of Jacksonville called Africa, which was made up of former slaves and free Negroes. As news of the search spread, he was quickly hustled out of the Negro houses, across a ropewalk to a hiding place in the hay of Asa Talcott's barn. 

Asa and Maria Talcott were founding members of the Congregational Church and were anti-slavery in their beliefs. This home located at 859 Grove Street was built in parts beginning in 1833 and was added onto in 1844 and 1861. Benjamin Henderson, a free black man and important conductor of the UGRR, reported that Asa Talcott was among those he could count on for help when he needed supplies for the fugitives. Asa Talcott was a brick layer and plasterer and it was reported that he provided refuge for runaways in his barn.

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