These statues were used to indicate the direction of a safe house or station of the underground railroad where runaway slaves could find shelter and food for one night. If he was green, the house ahead was safe, if he was painted red, it was unsafe, and another path would have to be taken.
Director Kristina Estle
Jockey Statue, Director Kristina Estle
“Jockey Statue,” A Glimpse Through the Underground Railroad Museum, accessed July 2, 2022, https://ugrrm.omeka.net/items/show/48.