Lancaster in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Stevens Grave & Memorial
Burial place of a true American hero
His life & Times
Education & jobs advocate:
* Champion of free education in Pennsylvania
* Helped establish Gettysburg College
* Aided employment with canal and railroad projects
1850s & 1860s
* Member of progressive wing of Whig Party
* Later led Radical Republicans in US House
1849-53 & 1859-1868
Lancaster’s US Congressman:
* 14th Amendment, for equality and civil liberties
* Led call for emancipation and war against the South
* Led impeachment of President Andrew Johnson
Underground Railroad activist:
* Harbored freedom seekers within his properties
* Organized spies to thwart slave catchers
* Defended the accused in Resistance at Christiana, 1851
His bequest established a trade school in Lancaster, PA now known as Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
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Epitaph on tomb’s south face:
“I repose in this quiet and secluded spot, not for any natural preference for solitude. But, finding other cemeteries limited as to race by charter rules, I have chosen this that I might illustrate in my death, the principles which I advocated through a long life. Equality of man before his creator.”
[ Reverse Marker ]
A site of national significance
It was the only public burial place in the City of Lancaster that accepted the remains of people of all races.
More than 40 veterans are buried here, mostly from the Civil War [1861-65].
Topics and series. This historical marker and memorial is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Education • Railroads & Streetcars • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #17 Andrew Johnson series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1851.
Location. 40° 2.431′ N, Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lancaster PA 17603, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thaddeus Stevens (a few steps from this marker); John Durang (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Francis Asbury (about 500 feet away); Moravian Cemetery Site (about 700 feet away); Andrew Ellicott (about 800 feet away); Early Architecture (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named John Durang (approx. 0.2 miles away); Henry Krauskopf House and Store (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lancaster.
More about this memorial. The Thaddeus Stevens side of the marker contains a portrait of ‘The Old Commoner’ (1792-1868) Buried 15 August 1868. The sidebar contains an engraving of Stevens’ memorial service from Frank Leslie’s Weekly 19 August 1868, and a picture of Stevens’ memorial installed 5 December 1872.
The Martin Shreiner side of the marker contains a portrait of Shreiner (1767-1866) who resided at 245 W. Chestnut Street. Also pictured are a “Dial of Shreiner Clock No. 201, built circa 1815,” and a Grand Army of the Republic grave marker.
Also see . . . Preservation of Shreiner-Concord Cemetery website. (Submitted on April 17, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
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