Program to focus on Underground Railroad court cases


SUNBURY — Roy Nichols is returning to the Big Walnut Area Historical Society to talk about “The Underground Railroad in the Ohio Courts” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 22. The virtual program will be available via Zoom.

His presentation will focus on Ohio’s Underground Railroad court cases, which arose under the Fugitive Slave Law.

Nichols graduated from Gordon College, located north of Boston, then Cleveland-Marshall Law School. He also studied at Oberlin College and the Free University of Amsterdam.

He taught history and government before becoming an attorney with the state of Ohio for 10-plus years. Nichols went on to practice law for 24 years.

In retirement, he became a storyteller, while also playing Santa and giving historical presentations. He also performs in Vaudvillities shows.

Nichols is a member of an Underground Railroad Study Group, Ohio History Connection, Westerville Historical Society, and two Civil War Roundtable groups.

The Zoom link to Nichols’ program will be emailed to all who receive the BWAHS newsletter via email. For those who don’t receive the newsletter, the Zoom link can be requested by emailing [email protected].

The Big Walnut Area Historical Society owns and operates the Myers Inn Museum on the corner of Columbus and Granville streets across from Sunbury Village Square. For more information, visit

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Submitted by the Big Walnut Area Historical Society.

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