Franklin Street Wharf

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Title

Franklin Street Wharf

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 man with a cap looking out at a lighthouse and the description of why the wharves, and Franklin Street in particular, were important to the African American community in Portland and the Underground Railroad.

Format

Coverage

Date Created

2007

Medium

Bronze
Granite

Historical Marker Item Type Metadata

Inscription

FRANKLIN STREET WHARF 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 PORTLAND, SUPPLY CLOTHING AND PASSES AND SEND THEM ON TO CANADA. THE WHARVES AND SHIPS OF PORTLAND EMPLOYED LARGE NUMBERS OF AFRICAN AMERICANS, PROVIDING WELL PAYING JOBS, THUS ADDING TO COMMUNITY STABILITY.

Files

Franklin Wharf.jpg
Franklin Wharf 2.jpg

Citation

Maine Freedom Trails, Inc, “Franklin Street Wharf,” Portland’s Historical Markers, accessed February 23, 2018, http://markers.portlandculturalhistory.org/items/show/27.

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