By Richard E. Hart

Part 1 of “Lincoln’s Springfield: The Underground Railroad” focused on activity in and around what is now know as Farmingdale, Illinois, and began the story of Springfield’s involvement in the Underground Railroad. Second Presbyterian Church and the Underground Railroad Erastus Wright In 1837 thirty members of the First Presbyterian Church of Springfield left the church over the issue of slavery and formed a new church, known as the Second Presbyterian Church (now Westminster Presbyterian Church).30 Most of the thirty were New Englanders, and their new church was known not only as the Second Presbyterian Church but also as the abolitionist church.

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