Carlisle in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Frederick Douglass in Carlisle
Walking Tour Stop 4
On March 2, 1872, Douglass again visited Carlisle, delivering a lecture in Rheem's Hall (located behind the old Court House at the junction of Court House and Church Avenues). During his lecture, Douglass stated that “...here a man is denied certain privileges because of his color.” It was later discovered that the owner of the Bentz House, the hotel in which Douglass had stayed, denied him admission to the dining room because of his race. The Carlisle Herald supported Douglass, calling such prejudicial actions “simply silly and wicked.” In 1900, the building, formerly the Bentz House, was established as a fine hotel under its better known name, the Wellington.
Frederick Douglass was to make one more visit to Carlisle. On April 7, 1893, he spoke on the subject of “Self-Made Men” at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. During the course of his lecture, he told the crowd, “Usually I am Negro, but tonight
Erected by Historic Carlisle, Inc.
Location. 40° 12.085′ N, 77° 11.262′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker is on High Street (Pennsylvania Route 74), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is between the Public Square and Bedford Street. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Bannister Gibson (a few steps from this marker); World War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Carlisle Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Prison (within shouting distance of this marker); Duncan-Stiles House (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. William Irvine (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gen. John Armstrong (about 300 feet away); Episcopal Square (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
Also see . . .
1. Information on the life of Frederick Douglass. (Submitted on June 9, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Historic Carlisle, Inc. (Submitted on May 18, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Civil Rights • Education • Native Americans • Notable Persons • Patriots & Patriotism •
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