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Alonzo P. Stinson Marker image, Touch for more information
By William Fischer, Jr., September 18, 2011
Alonzo P. Stinson Marker
Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — Alonzo P. Stinson
Third Sergeant Company H Fifth Regiment Maine Volunteer Infantry Aged 19 Years Killed First Battle Bull Run July 21st 1861 Sergeant Stinson was the first volunteer soldier from Portland to give his life for the preservation of . . . — Map (db m50433) HM
Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — Arctic Campaign Memorial
In memory of three thousand men and women who gave their lives in the Arctic Campaign 1941-1945 on convoys to and from Russia

We will remember them

May 2000 This granite is given by the people of Murmansk City, Russia to the people of . . . — Map (db m105684) WM

Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — Boxer and Enterprise — Historic Site
On September 5, 1813 off Monhegan Island on the coast of Maine, the American brig “Enterprise” commanded by 28 year old Lt. William Burrows engaged in battle with the British brig “Boxer” commanded by 29 year old Captain . . . — Map (db m129636) HM
Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — Charles F. Eastman — Conductor on the Underground Railroad & Entrepreneur — Portland Freedom Trail
Eastman (1821-1880) was barber, second-hand clothing dealer, mariner and hack driver. He was also a financial supporter of the Abyssinian Meeting House and School. He owned and operated several barber shops with his four sons, including one on . . . — Map (db m50425) HM
Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — Christopher Christian Manuel — 1781 - 1845 — Portland Freedom Trail
Activist, Barber and Musician Born in Cape Verde, Africa First President Portland Union Anti-Slavery Society — Map (db m50434) HM
Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — Eastern Cemetery — Chartered 1668
Declared a National Historic Site January 1974 Here lie the hardy courageous early settlers, the men and women who founded and defended this area, who made history in civil life, government, law, the arts, education, religion, in the state and . . . — Map (db m50432) HM
Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — First Parish Church — Portland Maine Freedom Trail
Top Plaque Maine Freedom Trails Established 2007

Bottom Plaque First Parish Church, Unitarian Universalist 425 Congress Street. A memorial plaque inside First Parish honors Prentis Mellen. Pews within the church are marked for . . . — Map (db m96519) HM

Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — Franklin Street Wharf — Portland Freedom Trail
Landing spot for many passengers on the Underground Railroad and embarkation point for their transit to Canada and England. Anti-slavery sympathizers were well-organized to greet stowaways from Southern cargo vessels, find them safe housing in . . . — Map (db m20614) HM
Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — Friends (Quaker) Meeting House — Portland Maine Freedom Trail
Top Plaque Maine Freedom Trails Established 2007

Bottom Plaque Friends (Quaker) Meeting House, Corner of Federal and Pearl Streets. Famous abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison started the Maine anti-slavery movement with a . . . — Map (db m96520) HM

Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — George Cleeves Memorial
In honor of George Cleeves Founder of Portland 1633 Deputy President of the Province of Lygonia 1645 - 1659 There landed with George Cleeves, his wife Joan, and daughter Elizabeth, his partner Richard . . . — Map (db m55535) HM
Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — Home of Amos Noë and Christiana Williams Freeman — Portland Freedom Trail
First full-time called minister of the Abyssinian Meeting House 1841-1852 Rev. Freeman (1809-1893) was an instructor in the school maintained for African Americans in the Abyssinian Meeting House. As conductors on the Underground Railroad, the . . . — Map (db m50428) HM
Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — Home of Elias and Elizabeth Widgery Thomas — Portland Freedom Trail
Corner of India and Congress Street, known as a Station House on the Underground Railroad. The home was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1866. The Thomases were prominent in the Portland Anti-Slavery Society, begun in 1833, which also worked to . . . — Map (db m50429) HM
Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — India Street Terminal
In recognition of Portland's role in Canada's history India Street Terminal at Milepost 0.0. on the Atlantic & St. Lawrence / St. Lawrence & Atlantic RRs. Grand Trunk Railway of Canada Canadian National Railways July . . . — Map (db m50445) HM
Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — John Ford Memorial
[On the base of the John Ford statue]: John Ford, Director - “I Make Westerns” Born: John Martin Feeney, 2-1-1894 Died: John Ford, 8-31-1973 Portland High School Class of 1914 Married Mary McBride Smith . . . — Map (db m72521) HM WM
Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — Joseph Coffin Boyd — 1760 - 1823
District Paymaster US Army, War of 1812 First Maine State Treasurer [Served 1820-1823, died in office] — Map (db m50435) HM
Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — Mariner's Church — Portland Maine Freedom Trail
Top Plaque Maine Freedom Trails Established 2007

Bottom Plaque Mariner's Church Fore and Moulton Street location of Daniel Colesworthy's basement anti-slavery bookstore and printshop. In 1836 Colesworthy printed "Light and Truth . . . — Map (db m96607) HM

Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — On this site
On this site from 1784 till 1955 stood the house in which Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born February 27, 1807

This boulder is from the Hiram farm of his grandfather, General Peleg Wadsworth, where the poet spent many happy youthful days. The . . . — Map (db m105721) HM

Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — Portland Civil War Monument — 1861 - 1865
More than four thousand men were enrolled from Portland in the army and navy for the War of the Rebellion More than three hundred were killed in battle or died in service. Honor and grateful remembrance to the dead, equal honor to those who, daring . . . — Map (db m25392) HM
Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — Portland Maine Fort Allen Park GAR memorial
Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty One country and One flag In memory of the Grand Army of the Republic Dedicated September 9, 1929 By the Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865 — Map (db m96269) HM WM
Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — Portland Maine Fort Allen Park USS Maine Memorial
Gun recovered from USS Maine sunk in the harbor Havana Cuba February 15, 1898 — Map (db m96271) HM WM
Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — Portland Maine Fort Allen Park USS Portland Memorial
Marker 1 USS Portland CA33 Heavy Cruiser W.W. II Battle Record Coral Sea Midway Guadalcanal Kiska Tarawa Makin Marshalls Palau Hollandia Leyte Landings Leyte Landings Surigo Strait Manila Bay Okinawa Accepted Japanese Surrender at Truk . . . — Map (db m96268) HM WM
Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — Portland Maine Freedom Trail Eastern Cemetery
Top Plaque Portland Freedom Trail

Bottom plaque The Eastern Cemetery is the resting place of some of Portland's noted abolitionist, who campaigned against slavery, provided safe-houses and assisted runaways on their journey . . . — Map (db m96267) HM

Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — Portland Maine Freedom Trail Hack Stand of Reuben Ruby
Top plaque Portland Freedom Trail Maine Freedom Trails Established 2007

Bottom Plaque The Hack stand of Reuben Ruby, corner of Temple and Federal Streets. Ruby (1798-1878) was Portland's foremost African American Anti-Slavery . . . — Map (db m96610) HM

Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — Portland Maine Korea and Vietnam Memorial
To the memory of those men of the City of Portland who gave their lives in 1950 Korea 1955 1964 Vietnam 1975 51 names inscribed — Map (db m96525) WM
Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — Portland Maine Spanish War/World War I Memorial
In honor of the men of Portland who served their country and civilization in the 1898 Spanish War 1898 1914 World War 1919 This tablet erected 1922 — Map (db m96527) WM
Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — Portland Maine World War I Marker
To perpetuate the memory of these men of the City of Portland who with unfaltering loyalty gave their lives in the 1914 World War 1919 67 Names are listed They sought not glory but their country's good — Map (db m96523) WM
Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — Portland Maine World War II Memorial
In memory of the men of the City of Portland who gave their lives in 1941 World War II 1945 7 rows of names inscribed — Map (db m96526) WM
Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — Portland Observatory
has been designated a National Historic Landmark This site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America. The Observatory is the nation's only remaining maritime signal tower. It served . . . — Map (db m50418) HM
Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — Rear Admiral James Alden
Panel 1: [rendering of Rear Admiral James Alden] Born in Portland March 31, 1810 Died in San Francisco Feb 6, 1877 Panel 2: [rendering of a mariner's sextant] Intrepid Explorer Skilful Hydrographer Cartographer of the . . . — Map (db m72995) HM WM
Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — Reverend William I. Reese
[Southwest Face] Erected Dec 1, 1859 By a donation from the HON. FRANCIS O.J. SMITH, to honor and perpetuate the memory of REV. WILLIAM I. REESE who while pastor of the First Universalist Society, founded the Portland Widow’s Wood Society. . . . — Map (db m50436) HM
Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — Secondhand Clothing Store of Lloyd Scott — Portland Freedom Trail
Top plaque Portland Freedom Trail Maine Freedom Trails Established 2007 Bottom plaque Secondhand clothing store of Lloyd Scott, 44 Exchange Street. Scott became vice president of the Portland Union anti-slavery society in 1842. . . . — Map (db m96623) HM
Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — The Site of Fort Loyal
Erected by the Colonists in 1680 Captured by the French and Indians in 1690. Entire English settlement destroyed ———— To the memory of these brave defenders this tablet placed by The Daughters of the . . . — Map (db m50448) HM
Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — Tug Stamford Propeller

Measuring nine feet across, this propeller is from the Tug Stamford which was built in 1951 as the Thomas Tracy, then renamed in 1971 to the Stamford. In 1998, the tug was acquired by the Portland Tugboat and Shipbuilding Co. of Portland, . . . — Map (db m105980) HM

Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — Wadsworth-Longfellow House
Has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark Under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 This site possesses exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the history of the United States U. S. . . . — Map (db m25391) HM
Maine (Cumberland County), Portland — War of Independence Memorial — 1775 - 1783
To the memory of our historic dead who bore arms in the War of Independence and who were ever the brave defenders of our country who made her foundations so enduring — Map (db m50430) HM

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