Black History Month – Day 4

Calvin Fairbanks


Calvin Fairbanks was a famous conductor in the Underground Railroad bring slaves to freedom through Kentucky and Ohio. He attended Oberlin College in Ohio and became a minister.

As a minister at a revival in my hometown if Rushford, New York. Calvin met a slave woman whose story turned his life mission toward abolition and securing freedom for those enslaved in America.

It is amazing to me that his mission started in my hometown. Probably very close to where my childhood home is. I can just imagine the revival tent and this brave woman telling her story and a young minister’s heart stirred with zeal. It is a beautiful image.

This brave man spent two different terms in prison after being caught for conducting on the Underground Railroad. He was almost hanged by the Confederate army. His father even secured his release from prison once when he was very ill.

The Internet is filled with resources about Calvin Fairbanks. Below is a great starting place.



About sjwoods318

Mother of six children - five girls and one boy; wife; community organizer, family chauffeur, philosopher, trans-racial adoptee, Deadhead, person of mixed racial heritage, artist, poet, writer who loves to swim, read, and run around with my family.
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