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Underground Railroad Station

36 Lispenard Street

 
 
Underground Railroad Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
1. Underground Railroad Station Marker
Inscription.  On September 3, 1838, human-rights activist Frederick Douglass escaped slavery in Maryland by disguising himself as a sailor and traveling North by carriage, train and boat. A few days later he arrived at 36 Lispenard Street, then a small brick building and a "Station" on the Underground Railroad. A network of secret "Conductors" and safe houses for fugitive slaves. Here, African-American abolitionist David Ruggles kept a reading room and operated a printing press where he published anti-slavery material, including "Mirror of Liberty," an abolitionist newspaper. The site also served as headquarters of the New York Vigilance Committee, on of the Nation's most active anti-slavery campaigns, which aided more than 1,000 freedom-seeking man, women and children.
 
Erected 2006 by New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansNotable Buildings.
 
Location. 40° 43.2′ N, 74° 0.2′ W. Marker is in New
Underground Railroad Station Building image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
2. Underground Railroad Station Building
York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on 36 Lispenard Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10013, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fluxhouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 55 White Street (about 600 feet away); 93 Grand Street (about 600 feet away); The Mudd Club, 1978-1981 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Finn Square (approx. 0.2 miles away); 85 Leonard Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Engine Company 31 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Collect Pond Before The City (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 26, 2010, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,362 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 26, 2010, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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Nov. 30, 2020