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Underground Railroad

 
 
Underground Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Pfingsten, March 21, 2008
1. Underground Railroad Marker
Inscription.  In the 1850's this area, known as Tanner's Alley, was important on the Underground Railroad. Fugitive slaves hid at Joseph Bustill's & William Jones's houses, a block apart. Frederick Douglass & William Lloyd Garrison spoke at Wesley Union AME Zion Church nearby.
 
Erected 2000 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansChurches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AME Zion) Church, and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series lists.
 
Location. 40° 15.798′ N, 76° 52.858′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. It is in Downtown Harrisburg. Marker is at the intersection of Walnut Street and Commonwealth Ave., on the left when traveling east on Walnut Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 417 Walnut St, Harrisburg PA 17101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
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. Technical High School & Old City Hall (a few steps from this marker); Leaders, Stewards and Advocates (a few steps from this marker); Trailblazers (a few steps from this marker); A Bench by the Road: Old Eighth Ward of Harrisburg (within shouting distance of this marker); Original Capitol Complex (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Underground Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); Walnut Place (within shouting distance of this marker); Pennsylvania Canal (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Underground Railroad - Behind the Marker. ExplorePAHistory.com (Submitted on July 19, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 

2. MarkerQuest - Underground Railroad. More information about the history behind the marker and the people mentioned on it. (Submitted on December 17, 2020, by Laura Klotz of Northampton, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Additional keywords. African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
 
Underground Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, May 20, 2012
2. Underground Railroad Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 27, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,012 times since then and 85 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 27, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on May 21, 2012, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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