Former Home of Deacon Brown Thurston

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Title

Former Home of Deacon Brown Thurston

Description

Square stone pillar with two bronze plaques on the flat top of the marker which is angled at about 30 degrees. The plaque closest to the top of the marker is a bronze relief image of 5 people grouped together, pointing to the sky; they seem to be a family, with parents, two older children (son and daughter), and one small child. The son is holding a lantern and the daughter has a shawl with a star pattern draped over her uplifted arm. This plaque also has the title and information about the trail inscribed on it. The second plaque is lower on the pillar face. It has a small image of a bust of Thurston and a description of Thurston's role in the anti-slavery and temperance movements in Portland.

Format

Coverage

Date Created

2007

Medium

Bronze
Granite

Temporal Coverage

1814-1900
1866

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Inscription

HOME OF DEACON BROWN THURSTON
32 UNION STREET
AN EARLY SUPPORTER OF THE
TEMPERANCE CAUSE AND ONE OF THE
FIRST TO "ESPOUSE THE CAUSE OF THE
SLAVE"

THURSTON (1814-1900) HELPED FREEDOM SEEKERS IN THEIR
FLIGHT FROM SLAVERY, "AT ONE TIME HAVING THE CARE OF 30 FUGITIVES, WHO WERE DISPATCHED TO ST. JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK, AND MONTREAL, CANADA." HE WAS A DEACON IN THE HIGH STREET CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH AND SUPERINTENDENT OF THE SUNDAY SCHOOL. HE OWNED THURSTON, FOSTER & CO., WHICH PRINTED NEWSPAPER, SCHOOL, BOOKS AND ANTI-SLAVERY TRACTS. HIS HOME WAS BURNED IN THE GREAT FIRE OF 1866.

Files

Markers 9- the Reckoning - 20.jpg

Citation

Maine Freedom Trails, Inc, “Former Home of Deacon Brown Thurston,” Portland’s Historical Markers, accessed September 24, 2018, http://markers.portlandculturalhistory.org/items/show/26.

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