Portland in Cumberland County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
Franklin Street Wharf
Portland Freedom Trail
Landing spot for many passengers on the Underground Railroad and embarkation point for their transit to Canada and England.
Anti-slavery sympathizers were well-organized to greet stowaways from Southern cargo vessels, find them safe housing in Portland, supply clothing and passes and send them on to Canada.
The wharves and ships of Portland employed large numbers of African Americans, providing well paying jobs, thus adding to community stability.
Erected 2007 by Maine Freedom Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maine, Portland Freedom Trail marker series.
Location. 43° 39.499′ N, 70° 14.965′ W. Marker is in Portland, Maine, in Cumberland County. Marker is at the intersection of Commercial Street (U.S. 1) and Franklin Arterial (U.S. 1), on the right when traveling north on Commercial Street. Touch for map. Marker is off the sidewalk on Commercial Street, west of the entrance to the Portland Ocean Terminal at Pier 2 (the Thames Street/Maine State Pier). Marker is at or near this postal address: 40 Commerical Street, Portland ME 04101, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. India Street Terminal (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct The Site of Fort Loyal (about 500 feet away); Mariner's Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Secondhand Clothing Store of Lloyd Scott (approx. ¼ mile away); Home of Amos Noë and Christiana Williams Freeman (approx. ¼ mile away); Friends (Quaker) Meeting House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rear Admiral James Alden (approx. 0.3 miles away); Home of Elias and Elizabeth Widgery Thomas (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portland.
Also see . . . Portland Freedom Trail. (Submitted on July 7, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Notable Places • Waterways & Vessels •
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