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Mendenhall-Clay Debate/Confrontation

 
 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 3, 2019
1. Mendenhall-Clay Debate/Confrontation Marker
Inscription.  On October First, 1842, in what was then an open tract in this city square. Henry Clay, the leader of the Whig Party, delivered an address to an immense multitude and Hiram Mendenhall, a Quaker abolitionist, presented to him on behalf of the Indiana Anti-Slavery Society, a numerously signed petition, asking him to free his slaves. Clay, in an eloquent reply, criticised this act as a breach of hospitality, described the difficulties and perils of immediate emancipation and advised Mendenhall to begin his work of benevolence at home. Clay’s rejoinder was… overwhelmingly applauded, yet the incident was afterwards an important factor… in the defeat of Clay for the presidency in 1844: and in the spread of the anti-slavery sentiment which contributed to the dissolution of the Whig Party, the organization of the Republican Party and finally to the Civil War and ultimate emancipation
 
Erected 1921 by Richmond Kiwanis Club.
 
Location. 39° 49.845′ N, 84° 53.56′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Indiana, in Wayne County
Mendenhall-Clay Debate/Confrontation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 3, 2019
2. Mendenhall-Clay Debate/Confrontation Marker
full view of marker
. Marker is at the intersection of N A Street (U.S. 40) and 7th Street, on the right when traveling west on N A Street. Marker is in front of Seton Catholic School. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 700 N A Street, Richmond IN 47374, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sailor Street (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Freedom Fountain (approx. 0.2 miles away); Korean War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wayne Township World War II Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1968 Downtown Richmond Explosion (approx. 0.2 miles away); Richmond Police Department Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Richmond's Record Roots (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRGovernment & Politics
 
Mendenhall-Clay Debate/Confrontation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 3, 2019
3. Mendenhall-Clay Debate/Confrontation Marker
marker as seen from corner of 7th and N A Streets
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 5, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 5, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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