Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Liberation of Jane Johnson
Erected 2009 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Location. 39° 56.78′ N, 75° 8.433′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on the Walnut Street Promenade just east of Delaware Expressway (Interstate 95), in the median. Click for map. Marker is at Penn’s Landing, at the Independence Seaport Museum. It can be reached by car via South Columbus Boulevard. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Exiles for Conscience Sake (here, next to this marker); Glomar Explorer (within shouting distance of this marker); Commodore John Barry (1745 - 1803) (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct Tun Tavern (about 700 feet away); Pennsylvania Abolition Society (about 700 feet away); Philadelphia Beirut Bombing Memorial (about 800 feet away); Lorenzo L. Langstroth (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Philadelphia Korean War Memorial at Penn's Landing (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
Also see . . . The Story Behind The Price of a Child. “Arriving by train from Washington D.C. on the morning of July 18, 1855 was Col. John H. Wheeler of North Carolina; his slave, Jane Johnson; and her two sons, Daniel and Isaiah. Wheeler was the American minister to Nicaragua, and his party was passing through, on their way to New York and then to Nicaragua. Unknown to Wheeler, Jane, who’d seen one son sold away, had no intention of traveling to Central America or remaining a slave. Her plan was to leave Wheeler and escape with her children to freedom as soon as they were safely north of slavery.” (Submitted on May 14, 2010.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans •
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