Ripley was a busy city and was for slavery. A group of people in that town helped slaves, but they later got much hate from the other citizens. Part of this was because of the Fugitive Slave Act.
John P. Parker helped slaves in Kentucky who were hiding in the woods. He tried not to let any slaves get caught and people even had to sacrifice themselves so that the other people could be saved.
The Underground Railroad was not really an underground railroad. It started because of the Fugitive Act. It was used to help runaway slaves escape.
Many black women in the North were born as slaves and they were against slavery. So, they formed groups and societies to end slavery.
The Fugitive Act was a pair of laws that was made and revised over the years. It made it so that there was a punishment and guaranteed to catch runaway slaves. Many Northern states, black women, and other abolitionists hated this act. They believed that this act was interfering with the personal liberty laws of the slave
In 1864, The Fugitive Slave Act was repealed because the Northern States refused to enforce it.