Florence in Hampshire County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
The Anti-Slavery Community
Sojourner Truth, born Isabella, was a former slave from Ulster County, New York who came to Northampton in 1843 to join the Association. It was here that Truth came into contact with abolitionists William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglas and Wendell Phillips. Through them and other members of the Association, Truth was introduced to a wider world of nineteenth century reform. Thereafter, Truth would become well known not only in anti-slavery circles, but in the women’s rights and temperance movements as well. The Sojourner Truth Memorial Statue stands
Florence was also a major station on the Underground Railroad. David Ruggles, who assisted over 600 slaves to freedom and owned the first African-American publishing house in New York, arrived at the Northampton Association in November of 1842, broken down in health and nearly blind. Here, he found much needed supportive companionship and rest. He also became an advocate and one of the first practitioners of hydropathy, popularly known as the “water-cure.” After being successfully treated in Boston, he became a student and then a doctor of hydropathy, establishing the first hydropathic hospital in the nation in Florence
Erected by Historic Northampton.
Location. 42° 20.117′ N, 72° 40.4′ W. Marker is in Florence, Massachusetts, in Hampshire County. Marker is at the intersection of Park Street and Meadow Street on Park Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Florence MA 01062, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Florence Eagles (here, next to this marker); Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists (here, next to this marker); Florence Manufacturing (here, next to this Cornet Joseph Parsons (approx. 2.6 miles away); Hatfield (approx. 2.7 miles away); Hadley (approx. 2.9 miles away); Holyoke Range and Skinner State Parks (approx. 4.8 miles away); Mt. Tom B-17 Memorial (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Civil Rights • Women •
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