Syracuse in Onondaga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Rev. Jermain and Mrs. Caroline Loguen
The Freedom Trail
— The Underground Railroad —
—Jermain Loguen’s response to the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850
On this site, Rev. Jermain Loguen (1813-1872) and Mrs. Caroline Loguen (1817-1867) lived from 1848 on. Jermain Loguen, called the "king" or the "prince" of the Underground Railroad, was born in slavery in Tennessee. He escaped from slavery in 1834 and went to St. Catharine's, Canada. Educated at Oneida Institute in Whitesboro, New York, he married Caroline Storum (born free in Chautauqua County, New York) in 1840, and arrived in Syracuse in 1841. He became pastor (and later bishop) of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, as well as a teacher, abolitionist lecturer, and Underground Railroad agent. He was proud to call himself a citizen of Syracuse, which he described
Frederick Douglass, a frequent visitor to this house, described the Loguens' welcome of nine people who arrived here from slavery:
"The night was exceedingly dark and the rain was very heavy… The children were sick and the rain increasing in violence, and the walk of a full mile-and-a-half before the pilgrims, and two of these are wholly unable to walk… We had scarcely struck the door when the manly voice of Loguen reached our ear. He knew the meaning of the rap and sang out, "Hold on!" A light was struck in moment. The door opened, and the whole company, the writer included, were invited in. Candles were lighted in different parts of the house, fires kindled and the whole company made perfectly at home. The reception was a whole-souled and manly one, worthy of the noble reputation of brother Loguen."
— Syracuse Standard, November 18, 1857
The Loguens' daughter, Amelia, married Frederick Douglass's son, Lewis, in this house in 1869. Daughter Sarah Loguen became one of the country's earliest woman doctors, practicing in Santo Domingo before returning to settle on Westcott Street in Syracuse. Their son, Gerrit Smith Loguen, graduated from Syracuse University as an artist. Caroline Loguen died in 1867. Jermain Loguen died in 1872 and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery.
Erected by Preservation
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Churches & Religion • Civil Rights. In addition, it is included in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AME Zion) Church series list.
Location. 43° 2.827′ N, 76° 7.784′ W. Marker is in Syracuse, New York, in Onondaga County. Marker is at the intersection of East Genesee Street (New York State Route 92) and Pine Street, on the right when traveling west on East Genesee Street. Marker is located beside the sidewalk at the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1405 East Genesee Street, Syracuse NY 13210, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Elizabeth Blackwell Street (approx. 0.6 miles away); FDR Dedicated Our Medical College Building (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fayette Park (approx. 0.8 miles away); George and Rebecca Barnes House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Young Abraham Lincoln (approx. 0.9 miles away); University Club (approx. 0.9 miles away); Wesleyan Methodist Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Great Central Depot (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Syracuse.
More about this marker. There are two copies of this marker. This one at the intersection of Genesee & Pine Streets, and a second one is located three blocks east in Loguen Park.
Related markers. list of markers that are related to this marker. Syracuse Freedom Trail & Underground Railroad
Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 215 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on September 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on September 5, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.