Brooklyn in Kings County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Brooklyn Heights Historic District
New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation
Erected by New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is Abolition & Underground RR • Architecture • Bridges & Viaducts • Churches & Religion • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1814.
Location. 40° 41.701′ N, 73° 59.556′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Marker is on Pierrepont Street west of Clinton Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn NY 11201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Church of the Saviour (within shouting distance of this marker); Where the Dodgers Made Baseball History and Jackie Robinson Changed America (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); United States Post Office / Main Brooklyn Post Office (about 700 feet away); Brooklyn Heights (approx. 0.2 miles away); Washington A. Roebling (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Cashmore (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brooklyn Borough Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); 155 - 157 - 159 Willow Street (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooklyn.
More about this marker. This is one of several identical markers hanging on light posts throughout Brooklyn Heights.
1. More on Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims and Seth Low
Hezekiah Beers Pierrepont owned land surrounding this historic marker. This allowed him to name the surrounding streets, notably Joralemon, Clinton and Remsen, which were named for the family farms located there, the oldest of which was purchased in 1706.
Additionally, Plymouth Church of Pilgrims, a historic landmark and parsonage of Harry Ward Beecher, is located nearby on Hicks Street. Twenty one dedicated New Englanders founded the church in 1847, which was destroyed in a fire and rebuilt to accommodate 2,800 worshippers drawn by Beecher’s powerful abolition related sermons. The Church was a frequent stop on the Underground Railroad and an abolition hub during the antebellum and Civil War period.
In 1860, still unannounced Presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln was scheduled to denounce slavery through a speech at the church, which was moved at the last minute to Cooper Union in Manhattan due to poor weather conditions. In 1961, Plymouth Church of Pilgrims’ key role in the history of Brooklyn and the abolition movement was finally acknowledged as it became a national historic landmark. Seth Low, Columbia University President and early mayor of Brooklyn and then the second mayor of consolidated New York from 1902-1903 also hails from this historic area. His childhood home, located nearby at Three Pierrepont Place between Pierrepont and Montague Streets, was the site of many heated political debates.
— Submitted July 16, 2010, by Abigail Koffler of Queens, New York.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 15, 2010, by Todd Florio of Brooklyn, New York. This page has been viewed 1,301 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 15, 2010, by Todd Florio of Brooklyn, New York. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.