Springfield UGRR

Abraham Lincoln’s neighbor, Jameson Jenkins, was African American. He lived five houses south of the Lincolns. Thus, remarkably, Lincoln lived in a racially mixed middle class neighborhood. Below is the Jenkins lot. Unfortunately, the house has not preserved, but archaeology and historical investigation have recovered important information.

Mr. Jenkins is known to have assisted, in 1850, a group of runaway slaves to escape from the slave catchers who were pursuing them. Below is the summary about Mr. Jenkins’ participation in the Underground Railroad, presented to the visitor on the street signage. A QR code is available to the right of the sign that enables great exploration.

The National Park Service tells a compelling account about Jameson Jenkins in this document: