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Wilkes-Barre in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

William Camp Gildersleeve

(1795-1871)

 
 
William Camp Gildersleeve Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, August 4, 2013
1. William Camp Gildersleeve Marker
Inscription. Prominent merchant and ardent abolitionist significant to the Underground Railroad in Wilkes-Barre. He provided refuge to fugitive slaves at his home and business near here. In 1853, Gildersleeve testified in a U.S. Supreme Court case, Maxwell vs. Righter, in which a fugitive, William Thomas, was shot and wounded by deputy U.S. marshals. The case and his testimony received national attention, especially in African American newspapers.
 
Erected 2004 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 41° 14.439′ N, 75° 53.404′ W. Marker is in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, in Luzerne County. Marker is on East Ross Street 0.1 miles west of South Pennsylvania Avenue. Click for map. The marker is located on the front lawn of the Wilkes Barre City Fire Head Quarters. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20 - 22 East Ross Street, Wilkes Barre PA 18701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fred Morgan Kirby (approx. 0.3 miles away); George Catlin (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Durkee (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lyman H. Howe (approx. 0.3 miles away); Franz Kline (1910 - 1962)
Wide view of the William Camp Gildersleeve Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, August 4, 2013
2. Wide view of the William Camp Gildersleeve Marker
(approx. 0.3 miles away); The Sullivan Expedition against the Iroquois Indians (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Wyoming (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jesse Fell (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wilkes-Barre.
 
Also see . . .  Pennsylvania Heritage: "In Immortal Splendor" Wilkes-Barre Fugitive Slave Case of 1853. (Submitted on August 13, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RR
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 498 times since then and 97 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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