Underground Railroad: Carol Pirtle

Mar 20, 2014

Welcome to Southern Illinois Wonders.  Today we learn more about the underground railroad and its influence on life in southern Illinois during the early 1840's and beyond. 

Author Carol Pirtle
Credit Illinois Humanities Council

Historian Carol Pirtle is the author of Escape Betwixt Two Sons: A True Tale of the Underground Railroad in Illinois.   She tells the unlikely story of a Randolph County farmer in this edition of Southern Illinois Wonders.

Carol Pirtle is the author of Escape Betwixt Two Sons: A True Tale of the Underground Railroad in Illinois. Published by Southern Illinois University Press, it received an Illinois Historical Society Superior Achievement Award in 2001.  She is a former director of the Sparta Public Library.

The papers of William Hayes are available here  from the Sparta Public Library and the state Library.  More information is available here on the court case between Andrew Borders and William Hayes.

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