Levi Coffin House: Lesson Plan for Grades K-12

Slave Shoes and ShacklesIt was a dangerous journey for slaves escaping to freedom. They had to hide during the day and travel quietly at night. Often the journey to freedom was several hundred miles. Some people who opposed slavery helped the runaway slaves travel to Canada, where they would be safe.

The name for the road to freedom was the Underground Railroad. Houses on the Underground Railroad were called stations, and the people who ran the stations were called conductors. Levi Coffin was an important conductor for the Underground Railroad. He helped over 3,000 slaves escape.

What to Expect:

Groups that visit the Levi Coffin House State Historic Site may expect to meet the following objectives:

  • Understand how the Underground Railroad operated.
  • Review part of Indiana and American history.
  • Gain an understanding of culture and architecture from the 19th century.
  • Recognize some leaders of the Underground Railroad and identify their contributions.
  • Learn the dangers of being a runaway slave.


* Teachers may write the Museum on school letterhead to obtain a username/password to access the answer pages.


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Wilbur Wright, co-inventor of the airplane with his brother, Orville, attended school in Richmond, Indiana. His family moved to Dayton, Ohio in June of 1884 just before he would have received his diploma from Richmond High School. The diploma was awarded to him posthumously on April 16, 1994.