Centerville in Wayne County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
George Washington Julian
A political leader defined by his moral convictions, Julian (1817-1899) advocated for abolition, equal rights and land reform, during a period marked by slavery, Civil War, monopolies, and discrimination against blacks, immigrants, and women. As U.S. Representative, 1849-1851, he supported legislation providing abolition and equal access to public lands.
Julian, long-time Centerville resident, served as attorney in notable fugitive slave cases, 1850s. As U.S. Representative, 1861-1871, he demanded recognition of slavery as cause of Civil War and promoted rights of black freedmen; he proposed constitutional amendments granting suffrage regardless of race or sex, "equally, without any distinction or discrimination."
Erected 2013 by Indiana Historical Bureau, H. Clay & J. Rariden, Centerville-Center Township Public Library, and Indiana National Road Association. (Marker Number 89.2013.1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRGovernment & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Indiana Historical Bureau Markers, and the Women's Suffrage 🗳️ series lists.
Location. 39° 49.069′ N, 84° 59.514′ W. Marker is in Centerville, Indiana, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of E. Main Street (U.S. 40) and N. Third Street, on the left when traveling east on E. Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 320 E Main Street, Centerville IN 47330, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Scott, 1793 (?)-1838 (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mansion House (about 600 feet away); Old Salisbury Court House (about 600 feet away); Historic National Road / Make History, Drive It (approx. 0.2 miles away); Honor Roll (approx. ¼ mile away); Wayne County Seminary (approx. 0.3 miles away); Early Masonic Hall (approx. 0.4 miles away); Oliver P. Morton Home (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Centerville.
Also see . . . George Washington Julian - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on October 13, 2013.)
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