Little Italy in Manhattan in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Anti-Slavery Work In Federal Era Houses
The twin Federal-era houses at 144/136 Bowery are linked to the Underground Railroad and Abolitionist Movement preceding the Civil War. Among the oldest structures in Manhattan, they were built by the Delaplaine family, with 134 built in the 1790s and 136 built to match it in 1828. They retain their steeply pitched roofs and twin gable dormers. A devout Quaker, Samuel Delaplaine’s 1793 manifesto proclaimed:”…may servitude abolish’d be, As well as Negro-Slavery, To make one LAND of LIBERTY!” Reverend Spencer H. Cone, as abolitionist who lived here in the 1820s, was quoted in The Liberator, an influential anti-slavery newspaper: “I would proclaim liberty throughout the land to all there inhabitants thereof.”
Booksellers and circulating libraries published and distributed anti-slavery literature in these buildings, which also served as boarding houses and possible fugitive-slave safe houses in the 1830s to the 1860s.
In 1872, 134 Bowery became the first of four YMCAs on the Bowery. Partnering with the New York Mission Society, a reading room and the Carmel Chapel were opened, and beds, lodgings
-Sally Young, Artist/Teacher/Historian
Erected by Bowery Alliance of Neighbors.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music. A significant historical year for this entry is 1828.
Location. 40° 43.141′ N, 73° 59.686′ W. Marker is in Manhattan, New York, in New York County. It is in Little Italy. Marker is on Bowery near Broomes and Grand Streets, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 134-136 Bowery, New York NY 10013, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Former Bowery Savings Bank (a few steps from this marker); Italian Theatre & Triple-Jointed Wonders (within shouting distance of this marker); From Beaux Arts Bank To Bananas (within shouting distance of this marker); Bowery Savings Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); NYC's Oldest Operating Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Faerman’s Cash Registers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hi-Tech Man Survives Leap From Brooklyn Bridge! (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manhattan.
More about this marker. One of more than sixty entries in the “Windows on the Bowery” series.
Also see . . . Temperance Meetings and Crooks -- No. 134 Bowery. "Daytonian in Manhattan" entry. (Submitted on March 20, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
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