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West Orange in Essex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Anthony Thompson

Downtown West Orange

 

— West Orange, New Jersey —

 
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By Raymond Siwek, January 17, 2021
1. Anthony Thompson Marker
Inscription.  As a respected member of the local community and the last surviving enslaved person of Essex County, Anthony Thompson's life journey took him from being someone's property to becoming a free man and property owner in West Orange. He was born into bondage in Somerset County in 1798. Thompson was granted his freedom in 1828 and lived across from this location in a small cottage from 1833 to his death in on September 16, 1884.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansNotable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1828.
 
Location. 40° 47.247′ N, 74° 13.866′ W. Marker is in West Orange, New Jersey, in Essex County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Street and Main Street, on the right when traveling west on Washington Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 294 Main St, West Orange NJ 07052, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tory Corner (a few steps from this marker); Edison Cement Slab (approx. ¼ mile away); The Black Maria (approx. ¼ mile away); Making Movies (approx. ¼ mile away); Black Maria Replica
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(approx. ¼ mile away); The Courtyard (approx. ¼ mile away); Access Granted (approx. ¼ mile away); Electrical Innovation (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Orange.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 11, 2021, by Raymond Siwek of Morristown, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Last updated on May 16, 2021, by Kate McGuire of Trenton, New Jersey. Photo   1. submitted on February 11, 2021, by Raymond Siwek of Morristown, New Jersey. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.

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