Profiles and Portraits : African Americans in Niles' Past, Present, and Future
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The Finleys were one of the earliest African American families to settle in the Niles area.

Pasquel LaRue Finley was involved with the Underground Railroad in Ohio. Concerned his multiracial children were not safe, he moved to Niles in 1850 and bought land near the present day airport. He continued his Underground Railroad activities here.

Descendants of the Finley family still live in Niles and were interviewed as part of the Profiles project.

Two of Pasquel’s sons are pictured here, Edward (left) and Greenville (right). Edward served in the 102nd U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War, along with another brother, Richard.

Photo courtesy of Patricia Gresham
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Portrait of Edward (L) and Greenville (R) FinleyPortrait of Edward (L) and Greenville (R) Finley