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Lawn Jockeys and the Underground Railroad – a fact many people may not realize

Lawn Jockeys and the Underground Railroad


Shannon Hollon

Please read before passing judgement...Many folks have thought of these lawn jockey statues as racist icons of the the segregated south but they were used by the Underground Railroad as a guide to slaves north and freedom.

Clothing was coded

The clothing of the statue was coded. A striped jockey shirt meant this was a place to swap horses, while a footman in a tailed coat meant protected overnight lodging and food, and a blue sailors waistcoat meant the homeowner could take to a port and get you on a ship to Canada or a northern port. I always laugh when I hear folks talk how racist these are, because honestly the people who had them were probably the least racist.

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Knowledge is power

Later these came into popularity after World War II, and they were again coded to show that the white homeowners supported early civil rights efforts and were not affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan. Sometimes knowledge is power and helps dispels myths and rumors.
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Alabama Footprints Confrontation is a collection of lost and forgotten stories that reveals why and how the confrontation between the Native American population and settlers developed into the Creek-Indian War as well as stories of the bravery and heroism of participants from both sides.

Some stores include:

  • Tecumseh Causes Earthquake
  • Terrified Settlers Abandon Farms
  • Survivor Stories From Fort Mims Massacre
  • Hillabee Massacre
  • Threat of Starvation Men Turn To Mutiny
  • Red Eagle After The War

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About Shannon Hollon

Shannon Hollon lives in McCalla Alabama graduated from McAdory High School and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Served 9 years in the US Navy Seabees with one tour in Afghanistan.Currently employed with US Steel and serving on the board of directors for the West Jefferson County Historical Society.

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