First Parish Church
Portland Maine Freedom Trail
Maine Freedom Trails Established 2007
First Parish Church, Unitarian Universalist 425 Congress Street. A memorial plaque inside First Parish honors Prentis Mellen. Pews within the church are marked for the abolitionist Fessenden and Thomas families.
In 1832 William Lloyd Garrison spoke here to 2,000 people on his first Maine anti-slavery tour. In 1842 First Parish was the site of a pro-slavery riot when radical abolitionist, Stephen Symonds Foster, was nearly murdered for criticizing the churches' and New England's role in promoting, perpetuation and profiting from slavery. Women helped to defend him.
Location. 43° 39.503′ N, 70° 15.486′ W. Marker is in Portland, Maine, in Cumberland County. Marker is on Congress Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is on the street in front of the First Parish Church, Unitarian Universalist. Marker is at or near this postal address: 425 Congress Street, Portland ME 04101, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Portland Maine Freedom Trail Hack Stand of Reuben Ruby (within shouting distance of this marker); Portland Maine World War II Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in
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