Ripley, which was once a bustling city full of business and flatboats, went from a pro-slavery town with a group of anti-slavery abolitionists to a town with a burning hatred for their cause, because of the Fugitive Act.
I, John P. Parker, was the conductor of the Underground Railroad, and helped runaway slaves get across the Ohio River safely, but sadly, but nobly, two slaves have sacrificed themselves for our safety and freedom.
The Fugitive Act of 1850 conflicted with "metaphorical" Underground Railroad, which was just a path/trail for runaway slaves, because it wasn't underground, nor were there railroads at the time, and the Northern Personal Liberty Laws, which most slaves escaped to to runaway from slave capturers.
Many North black women abolitionists formed groups, protested, lectured, found work against it, and gave public speeches about the evil of slavery and the Fugitive Act.
The Fugitive Act, a pair of federal laws was made and revised over the years to guarantee the capture and punishment of runaway slaves. The Fugitive Act was criticized and hated by many blacks, abolitionists, and the Northern states, because the act was interfering with the slaves' Personal Liberty Laws.
The Fugitive Act was eventually repealed by Congress in 1864, but not until after the Civil War, and the North wouldn't enforce the act, because of so much hatred. Furthermore, this was another victory for the slaves and abolitionists.