Syracuse in Onondaga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Prince Jackson House Site
The Freedom Trail
— The Underground Railroad —
Born about 1807 in Oneida County, Prince Jackson was one of the earliest African American settlers in Syracuse and the earliest to have a documented deed for property. He came to Syracuse about 1827, married Cordelia Joy in 1828, and purchased land on Lock Street on the east bank of the Oswego Canal in 1829. Prince Jackson served for many years as trustee of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and was one of four African Americans indicted for participating in the rescue of William "Jerry" Henry in 1851. "A strictly honest man," he worked throughout his life as a farrier and messenger for Jason C. Woodruff, bank manager, owner of a stage coach line, and, in 1852, mayor of Syracuse. Local tradition suggests that Woodruff supplied horses for the rescue of William Henry. Prince Jackson died in 1867 and was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Erected by Preservation Association of Central New York, City of Syracuse, and Onondaga Historical Association. (Marker Number 8.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Civil Rights • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AME Zion) Church ⛪ series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1807.
Location. 43° 3.445′ N, 76° 9.13′ W. Marker is in Syracuse, New York, in Onondaga County. Marker is on North Salina Street (U.S. 11) south of Butternut Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located beside the sidewalk on the east side of a small triangular park near the former Prince Jackson house site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Syracuse NY 13203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Enoch Reed (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gunpowder Blast (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rose Hill Cemetery / African Americans on the North Side (approx. 0.4 miles away); Onondaga Indians (approx. half a mile away); The Banks of the Erie Canal (approx. half a mile away); The Jerry Rescue (approx. half a mile away); Erie Canal (approx. half a mile away); How Much Does a Canal Boat Weigh? (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Syracuse.
Related markers.list of markers that are related to this marker. Syracuse Freedom Trail & Underground Railroad
Also see . . .
1. A.M.E. Zion Church in Syracuse. Peoples A.M.E. Zion is the oldest African-American church in Syracuse and the central New York region. It’s rich history dates back almost three centuries becoming an integral part in the fight to end slavery and seek equality for all mankind. (Submitted on September 5, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Jerry's Rescue, Syracuse, 1851. Jerry, also named William Henry, was working in Syracuse on October 1, 1851 when federal agents (and the local police) seized him and tried to arraign him as an escaped slave (which apparently he was). (Submitted on September 5, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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