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Frederick Douglass in Carlisle

Walking Tour Stop 4

 
 
Frederick Douglass in Carlisle Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 20, 2009
1. Frederick Douglass in Carlisle Marker
Inscription. Frederick Douglass, born into slavery in 1818 and self-taught, became an internationally-renowned reformer and a leading voice in the fight against slavery. Douglass is known to have visited Carlisle on three occasions, although his first visit in August 1847 was limited to a brief stop at the train station where he met with representatives of Carlisle's antislavery society.

On March 2, 1872, Douglass again visited Carlisle, delivering a lecture in Rheem's Hall (located behind the old Court House at the junction of Court House and Church Avenues). During his lecture, Douglass stated that “...here a man is denied certain privileges because of his color.” It was later discovered that the owner of the Bentz House, the hotel in which Douglass had stayed, denied him admission to the dining room because of his race. The Carlisle Herald supported Douglass, calling such prejudicial actions “simply silly and wicked.” In 1900, the building, formerly the Bentz House, was established as a fine hotel under its better known name, the Wellington.

Frederick Douglass was to make one more visit to Carlisle. On April 7, 1893, he spoke on the subject of “Self-Made Men” at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. During the course of his lecture, he told the crowd, “Usually I am Negro, but tonight
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By Bill Coughlin, August 7, 2010
2. Frederick Douglass in Carlisle Marker
I am Indian out and out.” Douglas died in Washington, D.C., on February 20, 1895.
 
Erected by Historic Carlisle, Inc.
 
Location. 40° 12.085′ N, 77° 11.262′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker is on High Street (Pennsylvania Route 74), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is between the Public Square and Bedford Street. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Bannister Gibson (a few steps from this marker); World War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Carlisle Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Prison (within shouting distance of this marker); Duncan-Stiles House (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. William Irvine (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gen. John Armstrong (about 300 feet away); Episcopal Square (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Carlisle.
 
Also see . . .
1. Information on the life of Frederick Douglass. (Submitted on June 9, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Historic Carlisle, Inc. (Submitted on May 18, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Wellington Hotel and Frederick Douglass in Carlisle Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 20, 2009
3. Wellington Hotel and Frederick Douglass in Carlisle Marker

 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansCivil RightsEducationNative AmericansNotable PersonsPatriots & Patriotism
 
Detail on Frederick Douglass in Carlisle Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 20, 2009
4. Detail on Frederick Douglass in Carlisle Marker
View of the north side of East Main (High) Street from the Public Square, c. 1872. The Bentz House is located in the middle of the block and is topped with a distinctive cupola.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 986 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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