An exhibit of the holdings of Helen Gilmore, a Piqua, Ohio native and descendant of the Randolph Freed People. The Randolph Freed People were among one of the largest single manumissions in the history of the United States. In 1846 380+ individuals were manumitted (freed) by the Will of John Randolph from Roanoke Plantation in Charlotte County, Virginia. Mrs Gilmore has collected memorbilia from those families and their descendants after their settling in Rossville, Ohio and other areas in the Miami Valley. Randolph had purchased much land in Mercer County, Ohio for their relocation after manumission (approx. 3,200 acres). However, they were unable to acquire this property due to the hostility of the Mercer County inhabitants at that time and found more friendly environs in Rossville and surrounding areas.