March 4, 2022
Ohio Constitution 3 The Slavery Debate
The Slavery Debate (5:32 minutes)

Ohio becoming a free state set a precedent for other states. Rufus Putnam and Ephraim Cutler fought for the continued prohibition of slavery in the Ohio Constitution.

The Ohio Statehouse Museum features a documentary series of videos highlighting the national significance of the Ohio Constitution — from its critical role in the slavery abolition movement to how it set a national model for the funding of public education.

Visitors to the Ohio Statehouse Museum may view the films in the central exhibit area where pages of the historic documents are on display.

The videos are also available online to watch before and after your Capitol visit.