John Rankin’s Ripley, Ohio home stood as a beacon to slaves escaping from across the south. John was with us today. We pedaled the “John Rankin Highway” as we left Fulton and headed toward Moore’s Mill, Miss. A beautiful, wooded roadway, it takes little imagination to think of passengers on the Underground Railroad tracking the North Star as they moved through the area. They were headed to the Rankin Home near Cincinnati, hundreds of miles away. Cincinnati remains at the center of efforts to secure freedom. Ask Gene Mays. A client of OJPC, Gene has been drug free and crime free for many years. But the City of Cincinnati will not hire him because he has a criminal record. Gene deserves full restoration of his freedom to resume his place as a productive citizen. David Singleton and Stephen Johnson-Grove and the whole OJPC staff are conductors for Gene Mays on his path to freedom. Please remember this important work and help us use this ride to raise funds for OJPC and raise awareness about Gene Mays and the thousands just like him. Thank You!