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Location: 9 Toxeth St., Brookline
From 1845 until the end of the Civil War, the Bowditch house in suburban Brookline was a frequent stop on the Underground Railroad. One of John Brown's sons was hidden at the house following his father's execution for the failed raid on Harper's Ferry that the elder Brown thought would spark a slave uprising.
Left: Sheila Parks, chairwoman of the Underground Railroad Committee, is shown in front of the William Ingersoll Bowditch House.