PENDLETON, Ind. —
Even today people need to understand who abolitionists are, Burgess said.
In the words of Frederick Douglass, "If there is no struggle, there is no progress."
With his great grandfather, Neal Hardy, one of those to take Douglass in and protect him, Kinnard was able to shed more light on that day in 1843.
Sharing stories passed down from his relatives, he said the attack in which about 30 rioters had "beaten the living daylights" out of Douglass occurred across from the park, further down Fall Creek Road.
The locals who helped Douglass escape covered him up in a wagon and took him to a Quaker church, the Friends Meetinghouse, to "protect him from the ruffians" and nurse him back to health.
Now a $2,000 plaque marker with a condensed history lesson written on it stands in the area. Chair Kevin Kenyon said the marker was "in mission" with Pendleton Settlement to promote and preserve historic sites in the town.
Jack Wilson, president of Main Street Pendleton, was on hand as the group held its first event, "Arts Cream Sunday," with local art displayed downtown and a sidewalk chalk area for young, budding artists.
"Each piece of history plays a role in where we go with Main Street," he said. "I'm a firm believer in you can't figure out where you're going if if you don't know where you've been."
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