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Underground Railroad: Carol Pirtle


Welcome to Southern Illinois Wonders.  Today we learn more about the underground railroad and its influence on life in southern Illinois during the early 1840's and beyond. 

Credit Illinois Humanities Council
Author Carol Pirtle

Historian Carol Pirtle is the author of Escape Betwixt Two Sons: A True Tale of the Underground Railroad in Illinois.   She tells the unlikely story of a Randolph County farmer in this edition of Southern Illinois Wonders.

Carol Pirtle is the author of Escape Betwixt Two Sons: A True Tale of the Underground Railroad in Illinois. Published by Southern Illinois University Press, it received an Illinois Historical Society Superior Achievement Award in 2001.  She is a former director of the Sparta Public Library.

The papers of William Hayes are available here  from the Sparta Public Library and the state Library.  More information is available here on the court case between Andrew Borders and William Hayes.

Southern Illinois Wonders is a co-production of WSIU Radio and the Illinois Humanities Council, a non profit organization that fosters cultural vitality in communities throughout the state.  Learn more about the IHC and its programs on line at www.prairie.org.

Theme music for Southern Illinois Wonders is provided by Robert Bowlin.

Jeff Williams is the Associate Director for Radio and Station Manager for WSIU Radio. Jeff is a native of southern Illinois and has been in broadcasting for 30 years. After graduating with a degree in Radio-Television from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he worked in radio and television news in Illinois, Indiana, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. before returning to WSIU Radio in 1997, as Morning Edition anchor/reporter. Jeff served as News Director from 2001 to 2015. He assumed Station Manager duties in 2004. WSIU is operated by Southern Illinois University Carbondale. It signed on the air in September 1958.
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