Created By: Ithaca Heritage
This site was home to a long line of Underground Railroad agents, starting with Titus Brum, who lived here in 1824. George A. Johnson, who married Brum's daughter, was a baber, a community leader, and was said to have helped 114 slaves escape to freedom. The Johnsons had two children: Bert, also a barber, and Jessie, the first Black graduate of Ithaca High School, who gave piano lessons. A number of secret rooms where slaves were said to have taken refuge were discovered when the house was demolished in 1927.
IMAGE: Map detail of 326 S. Cayuga Street from tompkins.historyforge.net - sourced November 19th 2022.
**This tour is from the 2003 printed "The Southside's African-American Heritage Walking Tour" brochure prepared by the Cornell-Ithaca Partnership with research by Leslyn McBean & Ingrid Bauer; modified for PocketSights by The History Center in Tompkins County in 2022. Text is unchanged from the original printing.**
This point of interest is part of the tour: The Southside's African-American Heritage Walking Tour (Historic Brochure Edition 2003)