New London in New London County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
First Step to Freedom
This first step to freedom revealed resources which ultimately through trials in Hartford and New Haven and an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court by former President John Quincy Adams won their liberty as persons to return home by missionary ship to Sierra Leone in 1841.
Thames River waves lapped against the white-striped loft black hull of Amistad for 14 months until it was refurbished and sold for salvage nearby at Joseph Lawrence’s dock. The cargo of silks, satins and other treasures were auctioned off at this Custom House on these front steps.
Amistad had unjustly held leader Joseph Cinque and his people as slaves in its hold before it became the vehicle for their passage to freedom. Never before, or since, has there been record of such freedom won!
Location. 41° 21.133′ N, 72° 5.75′ W. Marker is in New London, Connecticut, in New London County. Marker is on Bank Street just east of Pearl Street. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Do you want to be slave or free?" (a few steps from this marker); New London Whalemen (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Shaw Mansion (about 700 feet away); 15 Bank Street (about 800 feet away); a different marker also named Shaw Mansion (about 800 feet away); 16 Bank Street (about 800 feet away); The Submarine Industry (approx. 0.2 miles away); The 19th Century Port (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New London.
Categories. • African Americans • Patriots & Patriotism •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 337 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 3, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.