Wilmington in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Wilmington Friends Meeting
Burial Place of Thomas Garrett
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° 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. ¼ mile away); Old Town Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); Grand Lodge of Delaware A.F.&A.M. (approx. ¼ mile away); Old Farmers Bank (approx. ¼ mile away); Lincoln's Speech (approx. ¼ 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.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches, Etc. • Notable Persons •
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