Nicole Nett

Searching for Jordan Anderson


Jordan Anderson was a Tennessee slave who was freed in 1864. Not long after, he made his way north and settled in Dayton, Ohio where he spent the next 40 years of his life. His story may have ended there if it were not for his now infamous reply in response to a request from his former master to return to the Tennessee farm after the Civil War.

Roy E. Finkenbine, Chair of History at the University of Detroit Mercy, and a specialist on slavery, abolition, and the Underground Railroad, will present the enlightening program.

This illustrated lecture will portray the life and times of Jordan Anderson, a former slave who became one of Dayton’s (and Woodland’s) most celebrated residents. Using a variety of historical sources, including the recollections of Anderson descendants, it will weave together an inspiring tale of a man and his family as they emerge from bondage and thrive in freedom.

  • Saturday, Mar 24, 2018
  • Location: 118 Woodland Ave., Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum, OH
  • Phone: (937) 228-3221
  • Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Searching for Jordan Anderson