Kidnapping of Horace Bell
- 1. Title announcement, Father Boniface Hardin, host, and Sister Jane, co-host, introduce the kidnapping of Horace Bell. (01:33)
- 2. Sister Jane describes the Bell family of New Albany, Indiana and their role in supporting the underground railroad. Son Horace Bell freed unfairly jailed family members in Kentucky and was kidnapped from a local fair in retaliation. (07:17)
- 3. The kidnapping of an Indiana man by Kentucky police created a political scandal in 1858 between the two states that led the division between free and slave states and ignited fears of a civil war. Father Hardin reads newspaper articles related to the event. (04:21)
- 4. Sister Jane describes the rescue of Horace Bell and the community’s reaction and speeches accompanying the event. Father Hardin discusses the development and use of lauguage in this time period. (05:49)
- 5. The hosts analyze the role of slavery in the kidnapping of Horace Bell. (02:50)
- 6. Father Hardin talks about communication and the importance of language and symbols. He then applies this to the communication between Indiana and Kentucky. (05:18)
- 7. Conclusion: Next session will focus on the Black person in Anderson, Indiana. (04:28)
- Main contributors
Hardin, Boniface, 1933-2012; Schilling, Jane Edward, 1930-2017
Father Boniface Hardin and Sister Jane Schilling host this session and tell the story of the kidnapping of Horace Bell, the son of a New Albany, Indiana family that was active in the underground railroad. His kidnap by Kentucky officials in 1858 sparked discussions of state rights and the possibility of a civil war. As an aside to the discussion of communication between the two states, Father Hardin speaks on communication, language, and symbols within the black community.
Underground Railroad--Indiana--Floyd County; African Americans--Indiana--History
The Afro-American in Indiana (radio series)
Archives of African American Music and Culture
- Physical Description
1 audiotape (analog) (1:04:10) : 7 in.
Radio series: Afro-American in Indiana
- Other Identifiers
Shelf Number: OR 274; Collection Identifier: SC 165; MDPI Barcode: 40000001808387
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