Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Pennsylvania Abolition Society
Erected 1991 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Location. 39° 56.848′ N, 75° 8.551′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on South Front Street north of Walnut Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tun Tavern (a few steps from this marker); St. Andrew's Society of Philadelphia (within shouting distance of this marker); History of Scotland (within shouting distance of this marker); Monument to Scottish Immigrants (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Monument to Scottish Immigrants Courage of the Scottish Immigrants (within shouting distance of this marker); An Gorta Mór - Ireland's Great Hunger (within shouting distance of this marker); The Irish Memorial / Leacht Cuimhneacháin na nGael (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
Also see . . . Founding of Pennsylvania Abolition Society. “As early as 1688, four German Quakers in Germantown near Philadelphia protested slavery in a resolution that condemned the ‘traffic of Men-body.’ By the 1770s, abolitionism was a full-scale movement in Pennsylvania. Led by such Quaker activists as Anthony Benezet and John Woolman, many Philadelphia slaveholders of all denominations had begun bowing to pressure to emancipate their slaves on religious, moral, and economic grounds.
“In April 1775, Benezet called the first meeting of the Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully held in Bondage at the Rising Sun Tavern. Thomas Paine was among the ten white Philadelphians who attended; seven of the group were Quakers. Often referred to as the Abolition Society, the group focused on intervention in the cases of blacks and Indians who claimed to have been illegally enslaved. Of the twenty-four men who attended the four meetings held before the Society disbanded, seventeen were Quakers.” (Submitted on December 29, 2011.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans •
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