Austin Steward 1793-1869
Steward served as a trustee of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. As an ardent Abolitionist, he participated in many anti slavery conventions. His autobiography, published in Rochester in 1857, Twenty-Two Years a Slave, Forty Years a Free Man , provided a rare portrait of the experience of black Americans before the Civil War.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Churches & Religion • Civil Rights. In addition, it is included in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AME Zion) Church series list.
Location. 43° 9.396′ N, 77° 36.55′ W. Marker is in Rochester, New
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Granite Building (a few steps from this marker); Main Street Bridge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Genesee River (about 300 feet away); Erie Canal (about 300 feet away); From Hunting Ground to City (about 400 feet away); Early Mills and Races (about 500 feet away); Front Street (about 500 feet away); Historic Site in Journalism (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rochester.
Regarding Austin Steward 1793-1869. Marker is a few yards east of the Downtown Radisson Hotel. Inside the hotel near the Skyway over to the Rochester Riverside Convention Center is a bust and series of murals of Austin Steward.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 28, 2012, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. This page has been viewed 599 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 28, 2012, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.