Pendleton in Madison County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
In 1843, Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society sent speakers to New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana to hold "One Hundred Conventions" on abolition. When speakers encountered citizens with deeply held racist ideas, they were often targets of violence. On September 16, a crowd gathered near here to listen to George Bradburn, William A. White, and Frederick Douglass.
During Bradburn's speech, more than thirty men marched in, armed with stones and brickbats, and demanded that the speakers leave. In the assault that followed, White, Douglass, and others were injured. Local supporters defended them and carried them to safety. Douglass spoke the next day at nearby Friends meetinghouse without incident. Rioters went unpunished.
Erected 2013 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Madison County Council, Madison County Council of Governments, Town of Pendleton, Historic Fall Creek Pendleton Settlement, Pendleton Business Association, and Friends. (Marker Number 48.2013.1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Abolition & Underground RRIndiana Historical Bureau Markers series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1954.
Location. 40° 0.381′ N, 85° 44.704′ W. Marker is in Pendleton, Indiana, in Madison County. Marker is on N. Pendleton Avenue north of Fall Creek Parkway, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in the northwest corner of Falls Park north of Fall Creek. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pendleton IN 46064, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Indians Murdered 1824 (a few steps from this marker); The Falls (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Falls Park (about 600 feet away); Three White Men Were Hung Here (approx. ¼ mile away); History (approx. ¼ mile away); Post Office (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pendleton Town Hall Explosion (approx. 0.3 miles away); Carnegie Library (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pendleton.
Regarding Abolitionists Mobbed. The recollections of Frederick Douglass on the event:
"At Pendleton this mob-ocratic spirit was even more pronounced. It was found impossible to obtain a building in which to hold our convention, and our friends, Dr. Fussell and others, erected a platform in the woods, where quite a large audience assembled. Mr. Bradburn, Mr. White, and myself were in
Source: Douglass, Frederick. The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, From 1817 to 1882. London: Christian Age Office, 1882. 198-199.
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