Ferrisburgh in Addison County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
The Great Convention
Frederick Douglass delivered a fiery abolitionist speech here in July 1843. Born in slavery in Maryland, Douglass freed himself by escaping to the north, where he became a tireless crusader for African American freedom and equality. He was among the greatest orators and black leaders of the 19th century. The Ferrisburgh meeting, organized by local activist Rowland T. Robinson, was one of the "100 Conventions" sponsored by the American Anti-Slavery Society.
Erected 2002 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
Location. 44° 12.348′ N, 73° 14.721′ W. Marker is in Ferrisburgh, Vermont, in Addison County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 7 and Middlebrook Road on U.S. 7. Touch for map. Near the Wesleyan Chapel. Marker is in this post office area: Ferrisburgh VT 05456, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "Rokeby" (approx. 1.2 miles away); Macdonough Shipyard (approx. 2.6 miles away); Commodore Thomas Macdonough (approx. 2.6 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.6 miles away); Vergennes 150th Anniversary The Bixby Memorial Free Library (approx. 2.7 miles away); World War Memorial (approx. 2.7 miles away); The Vergennes Pump House (approx. 2.8 miles away).
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 27, 2016, by Dennis Gilkenson of Saxtons River, Vermont. This page has been viewed 189 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on June 27, 2016, by Dennis Gilkenson of Saxtons River, Vermont. 2. submitted on August 29, 2016, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.