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“Do you want to be slave or free?”

 
 
"Do you want to be slave or free?" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 28, 2013
1. "Do you want to be slave or free?" Marker
Inscription. On this site, September 30, 1858, Police Court Judge Augustus H. Brandegee and Customs Collector John Perkings Mather freed a stowaway slave known as “Joe” by applying Connecticut’s Personal Liberty Law against the federal Fugitive Slave Act. Judge Brandegee asked the stowaway, “Do you want to be slave or free?” The slave replied, “Free” This plaque was erected to celebrate the blessings of freedom.
 
Erected 1991 by The Day.
 
Location. 41° 21.133′ N, 72° 5.733′ W. Marker is in New London, Connecticut, in New London County. Marker is on Bank Street just east of Pearl Street. Click for map. The plaque is located on the Customs House on the left lower side of the building. Marker is in this post office area: New London CT 06320, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Step to Freedom (a few steps from this marker); New London Whalemen (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); 15 Bank Street (about 700 feet away); 16 Bank Street (about 700 feet away); Shaw Mansion (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker
"Do you want to be slave or free?" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 28, 2013
2. "Do you want to be slave or free?" Marker
also named Shaw Mansion (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Submarine Industry (approx. 0.2 miles away); The 19th Century Port (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in New London.
 
Categories. African Americans
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 301 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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