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The marker is in Glanhayes, West Virginia, in Wayne County on U.S. 52.

The State of West Virginia erected the monument in 2017. The β€œPolley Paupers,” as the children were known when the case first went to trial in 1851, were kidnapped against their will from their family in Lawrence County, Ohio, a free state, and enslaved in West Virginia. Kidnapping and enslavement of free Blacks happened frequently in that era. If anyone thinks that is being “critical” — its being factual.

My father and grandfather, were from Huntington, West Virginia, and a bunch of Polleys (Black and Caucasian) are still there and in Southeast Ohio.

John Polley