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Stevens Grave & Memorial

Shreiner-Concord Cemetery

 
 
Stevens Grave & Memorial Marker<br> (East Side) image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2012
1. Stevens Grave & Memorial Marker
(East Side)
Inscription.
Stevens Grave & Memorial
Burial place of a true American hero
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Thaddeus Stevens
Lancaster County’s U.S. Representative was the most powerful congressman during the Civil War and early Reconstruction. He was a master parliamentarian, brilliant orator and passionate opponent of slavery.
His life & Times
1830s
Education & jobs advocate:

* Champion of free education in Pennsylvania
* Helped establish Gettysburg College
* Aided employment with canal and railroad projects

1850s & 1860s
Political organizer:

* Member of progressive wing of Whig Party
* Later led Radical Republicans in US House

1849-53 & 1859-1868
Lancaster’s US Congressman:

* 14th Amendment, for equality and civil liberties
* Led call for emancipation and war against the South
* Led impeachment of President Andrew Johnson

1840s-1860s
Underground Railroad activist:

* Harbored freedom seekers within his properties
* Organized spies to thwart slave catchers
* Defended the accused in Resistance at Christiana, 1851

Stevens’ legacy
His bequest established a trade school in Lancaster, PA now known as Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

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Epitaph on tomb’s south face:

Shreiner-Concord Cemetery Marker (West Side) image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2012
2. Shreiner-Concord Cemetery Marker (West Side)
I repose in this quiet and secluded spot, not for any natural preference for solitude. But, finding other cemeteries limited as to race by charter rules, I have chosen this that I might illustrate in my death, the principles which I advocated through a long life. Equality of man before his creator.”

[ Reverse Marker ]
Shreiner-Concord Cemetery
A site of national significance
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Martin Shreiner
Noted maker of fine clocks and early fire engines, this civic-minded resident established his cemetery in 1836. He later called it “an ornament to the City.”

It was the only public burial place in the City of Lancaster that accepted the remains of people of all races.

More than 40 veterans are buried here, mostly from the Civil War [1861-65].
 
Location. 40° 2.431′ N, 76° 18.644′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is at the intersection of West Chestnut Street and North Mulberry Street, on the right when traveling east on West Chestnut Street. Touch for map. Marker is located inside Shreiner's Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Lancaster PA 17603, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thaddeus Stevens (a few steps from this marker); Andrew Ellicott
Lancaster City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2012
3. Lancaster City Marker
(about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Early Architecture (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mathias Roeser (approx. 0.2 miles away); James Hazlett Binns (approx. ¼ mile away); Ruamie Hill Binns (approx. ¼ mile away); Joseph Simon (approx. ¼ mile away); Simon Snyder (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lancaster.
 
More about this marker. The Thaddeus Stevens side of the marker contains a portrait of ‘The Old Commoner’ (1792-1868) Buried 15 August 1868. The sidebar contains an engraving of Stevens’ memorial service from Frank Leslie’s Weekly     19 August 1868, and a picture of Stevens’ memorial installed 5 December 1872.
The Martin Shreiner side of the marker contains a portrait of Shreiner (1767-1866) who resided at 245 W. Chestnut Street. Also pictured are a “Dial of Shreiner Clock No. 201, built circa 1815,” and a Grand Army of the Republic grave marker.
 
Also see . . .  Preservation of Shreiner-Concord Cemetery website. (Submitted on April 17, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Marker in Shreiner Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2012
4. Marker in Shreiner Cemetery

 
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Grave of Thaddeus Stevens image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2012
5. Grave of Thaddeus Stevens
Stevens Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2012
6. Stevens Grave Marker
The Grand Army of the Republic grave marker, mentioned on the marker, can be seen at the base of the gravestone.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 17, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 720 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 17, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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