Sherwood in Cayuga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Howland Stone Store Museum
“Slavery is ... utterly repugnant both to the letter and spirit of the Bible”
Slocum Howland (1794–1881) successfully combined the values of his Quaker faith with commercial pursuits, making his store part of Sherwood's busy Underground Railroad network. He signed a petition in 1835 declaring that "slavery. . is utterly repugnant both to the letter and to the spirit of the Bible.” Once he opened the store in 1837, he used the wagons and boats moving through the Finger Lakes region to conduct people such as Thomas and James Hart and the Herman Phillips family from southern slavery north to freedom.
Howland's family shared his commitment to abolitionism and equal rights. In 1857, his daughter Emily Howland taught in a School for African American girls in Washington, D.C. She financially supported Sherwood Select School, as well as about fifty African American schools throughout the South. Her Quaker belief in equality led her to work for women's rights and women's suffrage in addition to her anti-slavery activities.
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(top) Slocum Howland from A Brief Genealogical and Biographical Histery of Arthur, Henry, and John Howland and their Descendants
(center) Emily Howland built and supported the Sherwood Select School for over forty years. Courtesy of the Howland Stone Store Museum
(right) Emily Howland was a dedicated abolitionist and an advocate for education and women's rights. Courtesy of the Howland Stone Store Museum
Erected by Underground Railroad Heritage Trail.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • Civil Rights • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1885.
Location. 42° 45.67′ N, 76° 37.275′ W. Marker is in Sherwood, New York, in Cayuga County. Marker is at the intersection of New York State Route 34B and Sherwood Road (County Route 42B), on the left when traveling south on State Route 34B. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2956 NY-34B, Aurora NY 13026, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Emily Howland (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Waring Place (approx. 3.2 miles away); Town of Scipio (approx. 3½ miles away); Indian Fields (approx. 3.9 miles away); 1st Courthouse Birthplace of Theodore Ledyard Cuyler (approx. 4.1 miles away); Glen Park 1852 (approx. 4.1 miles away); Patrick Tavern (approx. 4.1 miles away).
Also see . . . Howland Stone Store Museum. (Submitted on May 3, 2021, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 2, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 26 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 2, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.