Underground Railroad Sculpture

Photo of Underground Railroad Sculpture
The sculpture commemorating Oberlin participation in the Underground Railroad.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Oberlin College

This environmental sculpture commemorates Oberlin as a major stop on the Underground Railroad, the secret route by which abolitionists helped enslaved persons escape to freedom in the Civil War era. Cameron Armstrong (then a senior at Oberlin College) constructed the piece in 1977 as part of a class art project; the Class of 1977 donated funds that enabled the college to preserve it as a permanent structure, located near Talcott Hall.