The article in the Jan. 21, 2019, edition of The Westerly Sun, about the Underground Railroad station in Ashaway ties in with family folklore about my great-great grandfather, Charles Perry.
CEO of the Washington Bank and builder of the Perry farm homestead on Margin Street, he was a staunch Quaker abolitionist. The story goes that a runaway slave showed up in one of the family barns. That night, Charles Perry rolled him up in a rug in the back of a farm wagon and took him up to a station on the Underground Railroad in Ashaway.
It took principle and courage to do so because it was in violation of the Federal Fugitive Slave Act.