Stevens Grave & Memorial

Stevens Grave & Memorial (HM10Y3)

Location: Lancaster, PA 17603 Lancaster County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 2.431', W 76° 18.644'

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Shreiner-Concord Cemetery

Stevens Grave & Memorial
Burial place of a true American hero
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Thaddeus Stevens
Lancaster County's U.S. Representative was the most powerful congressman during the Civil War and early Reconstruction. He was a master parliamentarian, brilliant orator and passionate opponent of slavery.
His life & Times
1830s
Education & jobs advocate:

* Champion of free education in Pennsylvania
* Helped establish Gettysburg College
* Aided employment with canal and railroad projects

1850s & 1860s
Political organizer:

* Member of progressive wing of Whig Party
* Later led Radical Republicans in US House

1849-53 & 1859-1868
Lancaster's US Congressman:

* 14th Amendment, for equality and civil liberties
* Led call for emancipation and war against the South
* Led impeachment of President Andrew Johnson

1840s-1860s
Underground Railroad activist:

* Harbored freedom seekers within his properties
* Organized spies to thwart slave catchers
* Defended the accused in Resistance at Christiana, 1851

Stevens' legacy
His bequest established a trade school in Lancaster, PA now known as Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

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Epitaph on tomb's south face:

"I repose in this quiet and secluded spot, not for any natural preference for solitude. But, finding other cemeteries limited as to race by charter rules, I have chosen this that I might illustrate in my death, the principles which I advocated through a long life. Equality of man before his creator."

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Shreiner-Concord Cemetery
A site of national significance
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Martin Shreiner
Noted maker of fine clocks and early fire engines, this civic-minded resident established his cemetery in 1836. He later called it "an ornament to the City."

It was the only public burial place in the City of Lancaster that accepted the remains of people of all races.

More than 40 veterans are buried here, mostly from the Civil War [1861-65].
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HM NumberHM10Y3
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Date Added Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 4:56am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 388180 N 4433077
Decimal Degrees40.04051667, -76.31073333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 2.431', W 76° 18.644'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 2' 25.86" N, 76° 18' 38.64" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 238 W Chestnut St, Lancaster PA 17603, US
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