Hack Stand of Reuben Ruby

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Title

Hack Stand of Reuben Ruby

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 describes both Reuben Ruby's general importance, and specifically his part in the visit of William Lloyd Garrison.

Format

Coverage

Date Created

2007

Medium

Bronze
Granite

Temporal Coverage

1798-1878
1826

Historical Marker Item Type Metadata

Inscription

THE HACK STAND OF REUBEN RUBY, CORNER OF TEMPLE AND FEDERAL STREETS. RUBY (1798-1878) WAS PORTLAND'S FOREMOST AFRICAN AMERICAN ANTI-SLAVERY ACTIVIST AND UNDERGROUND RAILROAD CONDUCTOR.

IN 1826 RUBY HELPED PUBLISH A PROTEST IN THE NEWSPAPER AGAINST THE TREATMENT OF "SOME SIX HUNDRED AFRICAN AMERICANS" IN THE WHITE HOUSES OF WORSHIP IN PORTLAND. IN 1832 HE ESCORTED WILLIAM LLOYD GARRISON AROUND PORTLAND IN ONE OF HIS CARRIAGES, INTRODUCING HIM TO TWENTY-ONE BLACK ANTI-SLAVERY ACTIVIST, AND HOSTING HIM AT THE ABYSSINIAN CHURCH, WHICH RUBY HELPED TO FOUND.

Files

Hack Stand Ruby 2.jpg
Hack Stand Ruby.jpg

Citation

Maine Freedom Trails, Inc, “Hack Stand of Reuben Ruby,” Portland’s Historical Markers, accessed November 15, 2018, http://markers.portlandculturalhistory.org/items/show/36.

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