Debating Slavery

Debating Slavery (HM18WX)

Location: Lowell, MA 01852 Middlesex County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 38.767', W 71° 18.717'

  • 0 likes
  • 0 check ins
  • 0 favorites
  • 373 views
Inscription
By the late 1840's, slavery was a defining political issue in northern cities. The topic was hotly debated in Lowell and created unlikely political alliances.

Abolitionists like William Lloyd Garrison visited Lowell as early as the 1830's and labor reformers drew uncomfortable parallels between working conditions in the mills and slavery in the South.

Many labor reformers, however, strongly opposed the abolitionists. Yet several of Lowell's most prominent investors, such as Amos Lawrence, supported the abolition of slavery but opposed labor reform.

Frederick Douglas (above) the former slave and abolitionist, lectured, wrote, and campaigned tirelessly for the abolition of slavery. He appeared in Lowell many times. On one visit, he introduced city residents to escaped slave George Latimer who spoke about the evils of southern bondage.

(Inscription regarding the photo on the far right)
George Thompson (right of center) added an international twist to the American abolitionist movement. As a member of Parliament, he had been successful in ending slavery in the British West Indies. Wendell Phillips (left) and William Lloyd Garrison (center) drew upon Thompson's success by inviting him to Lowell, in 1834, to further promote and broaden the abolitionist movement.
Details
HM NumberHM18WX
Tags
Placed ByLowell National Historic Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 9:37pm PDT -07:00
Pictures
Sorry, but we don't have a picture of this historical marker yet. If you have a picture, please share it with us. It's simple to do. 1) Become a member. 2) Adopt this historical marker listing. 3) Upload the picture.
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 310474 N 4724109
Decimal Degrees42.64611667, -71.31195000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 38.767', W 71° 18.717'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 38' 46.02" N, 71° 18' 43.02" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)508, 978
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-123 Lucy Larcom Park, Lowell MA 01852, US
Alternative Maps Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap

Is this marker missing? Are the coordinates wrong? Do you have additional information that you would like to share with us? If so, check in.

Check Ins  check in   |    all

Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.

Comments 0 comments

Maintenance Issues
  1. Is this marker part of a series?
  2. What historical period does the marker represent?
  3. What historical place does the marker represent?
  4. What type of marker is it?
  5. What class is the marker?
  6. What style is the marker?
  7. Does the marker have a number?
  8. What year was the marker erected?
  9. This marker needs at least one picture.
  10. Can this marker be seen from the road?
  11. Is the marker in the median?