Friends (Quaker) Meeting House
Portland Maine Freedom Trail
Maine Freedom Trails Established 2007
Friends (Quaker) Meeting House, Corner of Federal and Pearl Streets. Famous abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison started the Maine anti-slavery movement with a speech given here in 1832. Garrison advocated "immediate emancipation without compensation" to the slave-owners instead of colonizing free African Americans to Liberia. In 1836, Portland's first anti-slavery riot occurred here during an anti-slavery speech by Henry Brewster Stanton. When the meeting house was attacked again in 1847 when abolitionists Garrison, Frederick Douglass and Charles Lenox Remond attempted to lecture. Anti-slavery women successfully protected the speakers.
Erected 2007 by Maine Freedom Trails.
Location. 43° 39.564′ N, 70° 15.294′ W. Marker is in Portland, Maine, in Cumberland County. Marker is at the intersection of Pearl Street and Federal Street, on the right when traveling north on Pearl Street. Touch for map. Marker is located just inside Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Portland Maine World War I Marker (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Portland Maine Korea and Vietnam Memorial (about 600 feet away); Portland Maine World War II Memorial (about 600 feet away); Portland Maine Spanish War/World War I Memorial (about 600 feet away); Secondhand Clothing Store of Lloyd Scott (approx. 0.2 miles away); Portland Maine Freedom Trail Hack Stand of Reuben Ruby (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Parish Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Home of Elias and Elizabeth Widgery Thomas (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portland.
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Politics •
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