Estella Lawson Collection   (Bonine Research Library)

Many free blacks who came to this area either had money to purchase their own land, or earned money working for others; some living in Ramptown.  When they were ready to buy their farms, they chose Calvin Township for many reasons.  Chain Lake and Mt. Zion churches were established there, land was affordable, and the Quaker community was close by to offer help and protection. 

Calvin Township played an important role in the Underground Railroad, and its history reflects that legacy to this day. 

Calvin Township has a unique history, and we are pleased to present various documents that reflect this history. 

Calvin Township

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