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Wilmington Friends Meeting

Burial Place of Thomas Garrett

 
 
Wilmington Friends Meeting Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 31, 2008
1. Wilmington Friends Meeting Marker
Inscription. The first Meeting House on this site was built in 1738. It was replaced in 1748 when a larger building was constructed. The old Meeting House was then converted into a school. Known as Wilmington Friends School, it was relocated to a new facility in 1937, and is the oldest existing school in the state. The present Meeting House was built in 1816.
Wilmington was the last major stop on the East Coast overland route of the Underground Railroad. One of the central figures of this clandestine network was Thomas Garrett, a Wilmington resident and member of this Meeting, who was known as the “Stationmaster of the Underground Railroad.” Found guilty of violating the Fugitive Slave Law in 1848, he was forced to sell his possessions to pay his fine. Many were purchased and returned to him by members of the Meeting and other supporters. Garrett is credited with helping more than 2,700 slaves escape to freedom. His last public appearance was as presiding officer of a suffrage meeting, continuing his dedication to the still held Quaker tenets of Simplicity, Equality, and Peace. Following his death in 1871, he was laid to rest in the adjoining burial ground.
 
Erected 2002 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-125.)
 
Location. 39° 
Wilmington Friends Marker ~ Graveyard ~ Meeting House image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, February 6, 2013
2. Wilmington Friends Marker ~ Graveyard ~ Meeting House
44.562′ N, 75° 33.285′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is at the intersection of 5th Street and Washington Street, on the left when traveling west on 5th Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wilmington DE 19801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Dickinson (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Meeting House 1816 (about 300 feet away); Thomas Garrett (approx. 0.2 miles away); Willingtown Square (approx. mile away); Old Town Hall (approx. mile away); Grand Lodge of Delaware A.F.&A.M. (approx. mile away); Old Farmers Bank (approx. mile away); Lincoln's Speech (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Wilmington.
 
Also see . . .  Thomas Garrett by RussPickett. (Submitted on September 1, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
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Wilmington Friends Meeting image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 31, 2008
3. Wilmington Friends Meeting
Wilmington Friends Burial Ground image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 31, 2008
4. Wilmington Friends Burial Ground
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,624 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.   3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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