Leominster in Worcester County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
The Drake Home and the Underground Railroad
Erected 2007 by the Leominster Historical Society and the Citizens of the City of Leominster.
Location. 42° 31.302′ N, 71° 45.705′ W. Marker is in Leominster, Massachusetts, in Worcester County. Marker is on Franklin Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 21 Franklin Street, Leominster MA 01453, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Birthplace of Johnny Appleseed (approx. 1.9 miles away); Fitchburg Civil War Memorial (approx. 4.8 miles away); Redemption Rock (approx. 5.6 miles away); Site of Mary Rowlandson’s Release (approx. 5.6 miles away); "Mary Had a Little Lamb" (approx. 5.8 miles away); Lancaster (approx. 5.9 miles away); Old Parsonage (approx. 6 miles away); Rowlandson Rock (approx. 6.1 miles away).
Regarding The Drake Home and the Underground Railroad.
When legal proceedings failed to secure his release, a group of Boston abolitionists stormed a court hearing and helped him escape via “stops” (safe houses) on the Underground Railroad — first in Boston and then at the Drake house in Leominster, which is 53 miles west of Boston by road. Eventually Minkins got to Montreal, where he married, took jobs as a waiter and a barber, and lived out his life. His story is told by Gary Collison in Shadrach Minkins: From Fugitive Slave to Citizen (Harvard University Press, 1998).
Also see . . . The Ordeal of Shadrach Minkins. A brief account by the Massachusetts Historical Society. (Submitted on February 24, 2017, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Civil Rights •
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