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Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims

Underground Railroad Heritage Trail

 
 
Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims Marker image. Click for full size.
By Todd Florio, July 12, 2010
1. Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims Marker
Inscription. The congregation of Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims hired Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) as their first minister, approving of his abolitionist sentiments. Beecher protested the Fugitive Slave Laws of 1850, exhorting his congregation to place the requirements of sacred law above those of human law and to join the Underground Railroad. He promised to shelter fugitive slaves and treat them "as my own flesh and blood." Plymouth Church was on the route used by Reverend Charles Ray (1807-1886), an African American conductor for the Underground Railroad.
Beecher held mock slave auctions at the church, raising money to buy slaves' freedom. The first, on June 1, 1856, raised more than the $1200 necessary to pay off a slave trader for Sarah. Sarah used the remainder to buy a small farm where she supported herself for the rest of her life raising chickens and vegetables.
"I will both shelter them [fugitive slaves], conceal them,or speed their flight, and while under my shelter, or under my convoy,they shall be to me as my own flesh and blood...."
Henry Ward Beecher
 
Erected by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation.
 
Location. 40° 41.947′ N, 73° 59.621′ 
Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims Marker with the Newer Church Building in the Background image. Click for full size.
By Todd Florio, July 12, 2010
2. Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims Marker with the Newer Church Building in the Background
W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Marker is on Hicks Street. Click for map. Though the church's address is on Hicks St. The marker is on the north side of Orange Street in the middle of the block. Marker is at or near this postal address: 75 Hicks Street, Brooklyn NY 11201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Stirling (approx. 0.2 miles away); Eagle Warehouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Walt Whitman (approx. 0.2 miles away); 155 - 157 - 159 Willow Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brooklyn City Railroad Company Building (approx. mile away); Church of the Saviour (approx. 0.3 miles away); Brookland Ferry Landing (approx. 0.3 miles away); Brooklyn Heights Historic District (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Brooklyn.
 
Also see . . .  Henry Ward Beecher - Wikipedia. (Submitted on August 5, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansChurches, Etc.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dorothea Krumme of Brooklyn, New York. This page has been viewed 968 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Dorothea Krumme of Brooklyn, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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