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Springville in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Jonathan Jasper Wright (1840-1885)

Jonathan Jasper Wright Marker image. Click for full size.
August 5, 2011
1. Jonathan Jasper Wright Marker
Inscription.  Jurist, educator, politician. The son of runaway slaves, Wright became the first black lawyer in Pennsylvania. He supported Frederick Douglass in advocating suffrage and legal equality for blacks. During Reconstruction in 1870, he was appointed South Carolina State Supreme Court justice, the first African American United States Appellate Judge. Wright’s boyhood home was here in Springville.
Erected 2001 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsGovernment & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1870.
Location. 41° 41.714′ N, 75° 55.123′ W. Marker is in Springville, Pennsylvania, in Susquehanna County. Marker is at the intersection of Route 29 and Cemetery Street, on the right when traveling north on Route 29. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tunkhannock PA 18657, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as
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the crow flies. World War II Memorial (approx. 8˝ miles away); World Wars Memorial (approx. 8.7 miles away); Tunkhannock Viaduct (approx. 8.8 miles away); a different marker also named Tunkhannock Viaduct (approx. 8.9 miles away); Sylvanus Mulford House (approx. 9.7 miles away); Galusha Grow (approx. 9.7 miles away); Susquehanna County (approx. 9.8 miles away); a different marker also named Susquehanna County (approx. 9.8 miles away).
Also see . . .  Jonathan J. Wright - (Submitted on August 30, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Hon. J. J. Wright Judge of the Supreme Court of South Carolina image. Click for full size.
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2. Hon. J. J. Wright Judge of the Supreme Court of South Carolina
from Harper's Weekly, March 5,1870, p. 149, after a photo by Wearn and Hix.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 13, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 26, 2011. This page has been viewed 1,032 times since then and 134 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 26, 2011.   2. submitted on February 13, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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