Home of Elias and Elizabeth Widgery Thomas

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Title

Home of Elias and Elizabeth Widgery Thomas

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 the house and surrounding street and the description covers the Thomas's activities in both the Anti-Slavery and Women's Rights movements.

Format

Coverage

Date Created

2007

Medium

Granite
Bronze

Spatial Coverage

Temporal Coverage

1833

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Inscription

HOME OF ELIAS THOMAS AND ELIZABETH WIDGERY THOMAS, CORNER OF INDIA AND CONGRESS STREET, KNOWN AS A STATION HOUSE ON THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD. THE HOME WAS DESTROYED IN THE GREAT FIRE OF 1866.

THE THOMASES WERE PROMINENT IN THE PORTLAND ANTI-SLAVERY SOCIETY, BEGUN IN 1833, WHICH ALSO WORKED TO ADVANCE WOMEN’S RIGHTS. THEY PROVIDED HOUSING FOR SUCH NOTABLES AS LUCY STONE, SUSAN B. ANTHONY, WILLIAM LLOYD GARRISON, CHARLES LENOX REMOND, AND PARKER PILLSBURY.

Files

House Thomas.JPG

Citation

Maine Freedom Trails, Inc, “Home of Elias and Elizabeth Widgery Thomas,” Portland’s Historical Markers, accessed November 15, 2018, http://markers.portlandculturalhistory.org/items/show/33.

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