Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Henry Highland Garnet Park
Henry Highland Garnet was the son of an enslaved African chief born in Delaware in 1815. He became a Presbyterian preacher and lecturer. His famous speech delivered to the Convention of Free Men of Color at Buffalo, New York in 1843 was:
Brethren, arise! Arise! Stand up for your lives and liberties. Now is the day and the hour. Let every slave in this land do this and the days of slavery are numbered. You cannot be more oppressed than you have been. You cannot suffer greater cruelties than you have already. Rather than die free men than to live and be slaves. Remember that you are four million.
He was recognized far and near, carrying his message to England in 1850. He proceeded to Jamaica to toil as a missionary. He was later to serve as a Presbyterian minister in Washington and New York City. After the Civil War he became a recorder of deeds. He was appointed representative of the United States government to Liberia where he died in 1882 soon after undertaking his duties.
Location. 39° 18.158′ N, 76° 37.748′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21217, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rev. Dr. Vernon Nathaniel Dodson Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Creating an African American Neighborhood (within shouting distance of this marker); Bethel A.M.E. Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Memory of Dr. Lillie May Jackson (was about 300 feet away but has been reported missing. ); Union Baptist Church (about 400 feet away); Henry Highland Garnett School (about 400 feet away); African American Politicians (about 500 feet away); Courting Justice (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
Also see . . . Biography of Garnet at Wikipedia. (Submitted on March 15, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Notable Persons •
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