Syracuse in Onondaga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Freedom Trail
— The Underground Railroad —
— from Enoch Reed's obituary, Syracuse Standard, June 10, 1853
Born free in Ohio about 1813, African American Enoch Reed was one of more than a dozen people indicted in the rescue of William "Jerry" Henry in 1851. Reed's wife Jane, born in Jamaica, kept a boarding house, while Reed worked as a boatman on the Erie Canal. Enoch Reed spent his youth as a sailor on whaling ships in the Pacific Ocean. In 1840, he sailed on the Acushnet out of New Bedford, with Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick.
Offered a chance to go to sea to escape trial for his part in the Jerry Rescue, Reed refused. He was the only person convicted in this rescue, and he died of consumption on June 9, 1853, a week before his appeal. "Possessed of herculean frame and strength and generous disposition," noted his obituary, "he was extremely popular with his commander and shipmates… No man ever possessed a more generous heart, or more honorable feelings."
Erected by Preservation Association of Central
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Civil Rights • Law Enforcement. A significant historical date for this entry is June 9, 1853.
Location. 43° 3.606′ N, 76° 8.857′ W. Marker is in Syracuse, New York, in Onondaga County. Marker is on Lodi Street west of Butternut Street, on the left when traveling west. Marker is located on the south side of Lodi Street, between a parking lot and the sidewalk. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 519 Butternut Street, Syracuse NY 13208, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rose Hill Cemetery / African Americans on the North Side (approx. ¼ mile away); Prince Jackson House Site (approx. 0.3 miles away); George and Rebecca Barnes House (approx. half a mile away); Gunpowder Blast (approx. 0.6 miles away); Erie Canal (approx. 0.6 miles away); How Much Does a Canal Boat Weigh? (approx. 0.6 miles away); Erie Boulevard Was Once the Erie Canal (approx. 0.6 miles away); Onondaga Indians (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Syracuse.
More about this marker. Enoch and Jane Reed lived here at the corner of Lodi and Butternut Street (where the Rite-Aid Drugstore is now).
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Syracuse Freedom Trail & Underground Railroad
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