San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Mary Ellen Pleasant Memorial Park
1814 - 1904
She supported the western terminus of the underground railway for fugitive slaves, 1850-1865. This legendary pioneer once lived on this site and planted these six trees.
Placed by the San Francisco African-American Historical and Cultural Society.
Erected by San Francisco African-American Historical and Cultural Society.
Location. 37° 47.267′ N, 122° 25.617′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of Octavia Street and Bush Street, on the right when traveling south on Octavia Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1661 Octavia Streety, San Francisco CA 94109, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Uoki Sakai (approx. 0.2 miles away); Issei Women's Legacy (approx. 0.2 miles away); A New Ballgame (approx. ¼ mile away); Sarcophagus of Thomas Starr King (approx. 0.3 miles away); Blanco's Café & Music Box (approx. half a mile away); 851 O'Farrell Street Talbot-Dutton House (approx. half a mile away); Wally Heider Recording - 1969-1980 (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Francisco.
More about this marker. Mary Ellen Pleasant Memorial Park is the smallest park in San Francisco.
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1. Don’t call her Mammy - The New Fillmore. In 1852, Pleasant came to San Francisco, fleeing prosecution under the Fugitive Slave Act for her work leading people from slavery to freedom. She continued that work in California, sheltering people who escaped slavery and finding employment for them. She met at least once with abolitionist John Brown and gave him money to help with the cause. In accordance with her wishes, her tombstone, in Napa, states: “She was a Friend of John Brown.” (Submitted on July 16, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. Will the real Mary Ellen Pleasant please stand up? - World Press. A rambling exploration of Mary Ellen Pleasant's life. (Submitted on July 16, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Civil Rights •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 289 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.