The Adrian College Antislavery Story

A turning point in America’s confrontation with the institution of slavery came in Cincinnati, Ohio during 1834. College students pointed out the oppression that thrived across the Ohio River, but their elders tried to stop this antislavery statement. It was too controversial. One person on the board of trustees at this college supported the students. He was a young Cincinnati pastor who defended the right, even when it was not popular. His name was Asa Mahan. Twenty-five years later, Mahan would found Adrian College as a community for the next generation of abolitionists.

This and other stories will form the nucleus of a program at Adrian College, Wednesday, January 25, 6:30pm in Dawson Auditorium. Rev. Dr. Chris Momany, Adrian College chaplain and a professor in the philosophy/religion department, will present a multimedia narrative of “The Adrian College Antislavery Story.” 

The event will include little-known tales of escape on the Underground Railroad, an examination of the role of women in the local abolitionist movement, the contribution of Adrian College graduates to nineteenth-century medicine, and more.

“This is an underrated history,” said Rev. Chris Momany. “Most people think of larger universities and their academic contributions when speaking of this leadership. In fact, many smaller institutions were ahead of the curve both intellectually and socially. We were one of those places.”

The program is scheduled to last one hour, is free, and is open to the public.

Contact:  Rev. Dr. Chris Momany, 517-265-5161, Ext. 4211