Carlisle in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Frederick Douglass in Carlisle
Walking Tour Stop 4
On March 2, 1872, Douglass again visited Carlisle, delivering a lecture in Rheem's Hall (located behind the old Court House at the junction of Court House and Church Avenues). During his lecture, Douglass stated that “...here a man is denied certain privileges because of his color.” It was later discovered that the owner of the Bentz House, the hotel in which Douglass had stayed, denied him admission to the dining room because of his race. The Carlisle Herald supported Douglass, calling such prejudicial actions “simply silly and wicked.” In 1900, the building, formerly the Bentz House, was established as a fine hotel under its better known name, the Wellington.
Frederick Douglass was to make one more visit to Carlisle. On April
Erected by Historic Carlisle, Inc.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Civil Rights • Education • Native Americans • Patriots & Patriotism.
Location. 40° 12.085′ N, 77° 11.262′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker is on High Street (Pennsylvania Route 74), on the left when traveling east. Marker is between the Public Square and Bedford Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Bannister Gibson (a few steps from this marker); World War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Carlisle Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Prison (within shouting distance of this marker); Duncan-Stiles House (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. William Irvine Gen. John Armstrong (about 300 feet away); Episcopal Square (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
Also see . . . Historic Carlisle, Inc. (Submitted on May 18, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 5, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 28, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,189 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on May 28, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 2. submitted on September 5, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 3, 4. submitted on May 28, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.