Hack Stand of Charles H. L. Pierre

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Title

Hack Stand of Charles H. L. Pierre

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 horse and carriage, and the inscription gives information on Charles Pierre and the role of hack drivers, barbers and second hand clothing dealers in the African American community and the Underground Railroad.

Format

Coverage

Date Created

2007

Medium

Bronze
Granite

Spatial Coverage

Temporal Coverage

1857

Historical Marker Item Type Metadata

Inscription

HACK STAND OF CHARLES R. L. PIERRE, 29 MIDDLE STREET. CHARLES R. L. PIERRE LED THE AFRICAN AMERICANS WHO RESCUED THE STOWAWAYS ABOARD HMS ALBION COOPER IN THE FALL OF 1857.

IN THE MID-1800'S PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR FREED BLACKS WERE LIMITED. MOST WERE HACK (CARRIAGE) DRIVERS, BARBERS OR SECOND-HAND CLOTHING DEALERS. MEMBERS OF THESE PROFESSIONS WERE ESSENTIAL TO MOVING PASSENGERS ON THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD TO FREEDOM IN CANADA AND ENGLAND.

Files

Hack Stand of Charles Pierre.JPG

Citation

Maine Freedom Trails, Inc, “Hack Stand of Charles H. L. Pierre,” Portland’s Historical Markers, accessed November 15, 2018, http://markers.portlandculturalhistory.org/items/show/29.

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