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Hinckley Underground Railroad history revolves around Hiram Miller.

Every township in the North, prior to the Civil war, had among its inhabitants those who at heart were anti-slavery. Fear of persecution and ostracism at the hands of of pro-slavery proponents kept them from speaking out. However, at least two brave souls in Hinckley raised their voices regardless of the consequences.

Amos Woodruff, the “shoemaker”, was one of these men. His first convert was Hiram Miller who, because of his militant stand against slavery, became a state character whose name was cursed in the Southland.

The best-known and most aggressive abolitionist in Medina County

Hiram Miller had a farm on Townline Road (West 130th Street) across from the United Brethren Church where he was active as an operator of an “Underground RailRoad Station” aiding runaway slaves. In the Southlad, they called him “Nigger Miller”. He had been rotten-egged, thrown out of church, and ridden on rails because of his beliefs.

He was helping blacks even before the Civil War, zealously feeling it was his religious duty to do so. Some residents were not in sympathy with him and tried to discover slaves in his care, but none were ever captured while under his protection.

One day while walking in his field, a gigantic black man rose from the grass in front of Mr. Miller. He said, “Oh Massa, can ye tell me where ‘Nigger Miller’ lives?”

Mr. Miller answered, “Why bless your soul, you poor fellow,” said Mr. Miller. “I’m ‘Nigger Miller.'”

“Oh, Massa Miller,” exclaimed the delighted slave, “you look better to me than money!”

A historical marker was placed on West 130th Street and Laurel road in his honor in 1931.

Hiram Miller Home and Recognition

 

 

 

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