“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Underground Railroad Station

36 Lispenard Street

Underground Railroad Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
1. Underground Railroad Station Marker
Inscription. On September 3, 1838, human-rights activist Frederick Douglass escaped slavery in Maryland by disguising himself as a sailor and traveling North by carriage, train and boat. A few days later he arrived at 36 Lispenard Street, then a small brick building and a "Station" on the Underground Railroad. A network of secret "Conductors" and safe houses for fugitive slaves. Here, African-American abolitionist David Ruggles kept a reading room and operated a printing press where he published anti-slavery material, including "Mirror of Liberty," an abolitionist newspaper. The site also served as headquarters of the New York Vigilance Committee, on of the Nation's most active anti-slavery campaigns, which aided more than 1,000 freedom-seeking man, women and children.
Erected 2006 by New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation.
Location. 40° 43.2′ N, 74° 0.2′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on 36 Lispenard Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10013, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fluxhouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Engine Company 31 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Edison Underground Central Station System
Underground Railroad Station Building image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
2. Underground Railroad Station Building
(approx. 0.2 miles away); C.F. Martin & Co. Guitars (approx. 0.3 miles away); House of Leonard Lispenard (approx. 0.3 miles away); Foley Square Before 1600 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Foley Square (approx. 0.4 miles away); African Burial Ground National Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in New York.
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