Ferrisburgh in Addison County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
The Great Convention
Frederick Douglass delivered a fiery abolitionist speech here in July 1843. Born in slavery in Maryland, Douglass freed himself by escaping to the north, where he became a tireless crusader for African American freedom and equality. He was among the greatest orators and black leaders of the 19th century. The Ferrisburgh meeting, organized by local activist Rowland T. Robinson, was one of the "100 Conventions" sponsored by the American Anti-Slavery Society.
Erected 2002 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
Location. 44° 12.348′ N, 73° 14.721′ W. Marker is in Ferrisburgh, Vermont, in Addison County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 7 and Middlebrook Road on U.S. 7. Click for map. Near the Wesleyan Chapel. Marker is in this post office area: Ferrisburgh VT 05456, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "Rokeby" (approx. 1.2 miles away); Macdonough Shipyard (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Vergennes Pump House (approx. 2.8 miles away); Commerce at the Crossroads (approx. 2.8 miles away); Early Life Along Otter Creek in Vergennes The Charlotte Whale (approx. 5.4 miles away); Benedict Arnold (approx. 7.2 miles away); Chester Arthur (approx. 10.8 miles away).
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans •
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