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New Bedford in Bristol County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Captain Paul Cuffe

 

—New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park —

 
Captain Paul Cuffe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Byron Hooks, August 31, 2014
1. Captain Paul Cuffe Marker
Inscription. Paul Cuffe (1759-1817) was a sea captain, merchant, philanthropist, community leader, civil rights advocate and abolitionist. The son of an African father and Native American mother, Cuffe was born on the island of Cuttyhunk, off the coast of New Bedford. Proficient in mathematics and navigation, he worked his way up to ship owner and Captain. He founded one of the first integrated schools in America in Westport, petitioned the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for voting rights for people of color, and led efforts to resettle African-Americans in Africa. Together with his two sons-in-law, Paul Cuffe operated ’Cuffe & Howards,’ A West Indian import store nearby at the Four Corners ( corner of Union Street and Water Street) in New Bedford.

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Cuffe’s vessel Traveler is pictured between two Atlantic coastlines, New England’s and Africa’s. This image first appeared with a silhouette of Captain Cuffe in the Liverpool Mercury paper in 1811, and was reprinted in an 1850 Quaker or anti-slavery monthly entitled ’The Non-Slaveholder’.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 41° 38.075′ N, 70° 55.398′ W. Marker is in New Bedford, Massachusetts
Captain Paul Cuffe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Byron Hooks, August 31, 2014
2. Captain Paul Cuffe Marker
, in Bristol County. Marker is on Union Street near 1st Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in the Captain Paul Cuffe Park. Marker is in this post office area: New Bedford MA 02740, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Captain Paul Cuffe (here, next to this marker); Twentieth-Century Whaling (a few steps from this marker); Trial by Fire (a few steps from this marker); Making Room-Johnny Cake Hill (a few steps from this marker); A Tribute of Respect to Enterprising Whalemen (within shouting distance of this marker); The Seamen's Bethel (within shouting distance of this marker); Viking (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Seamen’s Bethel (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Bedford.
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansCivil RightsEducation
 
Captain Paul Cuffe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Byron Hooks, August 31, 2014
3. Captain Paul Cuffe Marker
Captain Paul Cuffe and Trail by Fire Markers image. Click for full size.
By Byron Hooks, August 31, 2014
4. Captain Paul Cuffe and Trail by Fire Markers
Captain Paul Cuffe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
5. Captain Paul Cuffe Marker
View of the marker looking east along Union Street.
Captain Paul Cuffe Park image. Click for full size.
By Byron Hooks, August 31, 2014
6. Captain Paul Cuffe Park
Captain Paul Cuffe Park image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
7. Captain Paul Cuffe Park
View of the construction presently taking place at Captain Paul Cuffe Park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 26, 2014, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 344 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 26, 2014, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   5. submitted on August 3, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   6. submitted on September 26, 2014, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   7. submitted on August 3, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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