Madison Daily Courier Article 1853
The Eleutherian Institute, in Lancaster township [Indiana], ten miles from Madison, on the plank road leading to Paris, "open to students of all ranks and color" is said to be in a flourishing condition. Besides a log farm house and a two story stone boarding house, containing fifteen rooms, with a frame kitchen and shed's attached, the directors are making arrangements to erect a main building 65 feet by 40 feet which they hope to have completed during the coming year, but this will be entirely dependent on the contributions of their anti-slavery friends. The education society owning the Eleutherian Institute is composed of all the members in good standing in Anti-Slavery Regular Baptist churches, which contribute annually to its funds; together with such other Anti-slavery Baptists as the society at any of its meetings mey elect.
A circular recently issued by the Board of Directors says:
The Institute has now been in successful operation for more than five years. Not withstanding three houses have been burned down in order to break it up, and any amount of slander and falsehood has been circulated in regard to it, yet the number of its friends is constantly and rapidly increasing. Those who have faithfully availed themselves of the advantages of the Institute, as pupils, have now no difficulty in obtaining places of honor, profit, and usefulness, as teachers.
MADISON DAILY COURIER, DECEMBER 21, 1853