Ferrisburgh in Addison County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
The Great Convention
Frederick Douglass delivered a fiery abolitionist speech here in July 1843. Born in slavery in Maryland, Douglass freed himself by escaping to the north, where he became a tireless crusader for African American freedom and equality. He was among the greatest orators and black leaders of the 19th century. The Ferrisburgh meeting, organized by local activist Rowland T. Robinson, was one of the "100 Conventions" sponsored by the American Anti-Slavery Society.
Erected 2002 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1843.
Location. 44° 12.348′ N, 73° 14.721′ W. Marker is in Ferrisburgh, Vermont, in Addison County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 7 and Middlebrook Road on U.S. 7. Near the Wesleyan Chapel. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ferrisburgh VT 05456, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "Rokeby" (approx. 1.2 miles away); Macdonough Shipyard Commodore Thomas Macdonough (approx. 2.6 miles away); Stephen Bates Vermont’s Earliest Known Black Sheriff and Chief of Police (approx. 2.6 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.6 miles away); Vergennes 150th Anniversary (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Bixby Memorial Free Library (approx. 2.7 miles away); World War Memorial (approx. 2.7 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 27, 2016, by Dennis Gilkenson of Saxtons River, Vermont. This page has been viewed 421 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on June 27, 2016, by Dennis Gilkenson of Saxtons River, Vermont. 2. submitted on August 29, 2016, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.