by Barbara Kyles

Do you know that David Ruggles was an aggressive abolitionist who would force his way into homes to inform slaves that they were free?

He also did his part by first opening a bookshop that was burned to the ground.

Portrait of David Ruggles (center) with Isaac T. Hopper (left) and Barney Corse (right) confronting John P. Darg in 1838 (Artist unknown)

Read more about Ruggles at Black Then – Discovering our history…

Barbara Kyles is a Miami Township resident who enjoys advocating for social issues and gardening year-round.

Barbara will be publishing a continuing series about Black History for Loveland Magazine.

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