Lowell in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Abolitionists like William Lloyd Garrison visited Lowell as early as the 1830’s and labor reformers drew uncomfortable parallels between working conditions in the mills and slavery in the South.
Many labor reformers, however, strongly opposed the abolitionists. Yet several of Lowell’s most prominent investors, such as Amos Lawrence, supported the abolition of slavery but opposed labor reform.
Frederick Douglas (above) the former slave and abolitionist, lectured, wrote, and campaigned tirelessly for the abolition of slavery. He appeared in Lowell many times. On one visit, he introduced city residents to escaped slave George Latimer who spoke about the evils of southern bondage.
(Inscription regarding the photo on the far right)
George Thompson (right of center) added an international twist to the American abolitionist movement. As a member of Parliament, he had been successful in ending slavery in the British West Indies. Wendell Phillips (left) and William Lloyd Garrison (center) drew upon Thompson’s success by inviting him to Lowell, in 1834, to further promote and broaden the abolitionist movement.
Location. 42° 38.767′ N, 71° 18.717′ W. Marker is in Lowell, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker is on Merrimack Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lawrence MA 01842, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Irish Labor (here, next to this marker); Steam Railroads In New England (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Anne's Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Wentworth Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Old City Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); George L. Duncan Dedication Plaza and Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Merrimack St. Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); Street of Lightning (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lowell.
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 5, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 16, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 432 times since then and 29 times this year. Last updated on June 2, 2017, by Glenn Peters of Billerica, Massachusetts. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 16, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.