First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church

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Title

First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church

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 First Parish Church in relief in the upper left hand corner and the inscribed text describing how the church was important in the Portland abolition movement.

Format

Coverage

Date Created

2007

Medium

Bronze
Granite

Spatial Coverage

Temporal Coverage

1832
1842

Historical Marker Item Type Metadata

Inscription

Portland Freedom Trail Maine Freedom Trails Established 2007 (Top plaque) FIRST PARISH CHURCH, UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST 425 CONGRESS STREET. A MEMORIAL PLAQUE INSIDE FIRST PARISH HONORS PRENTISS MELLEN. PREWS WITHIN THE THE CHURCH ARE MARKED FOR THE ABOLITIONIST FESSENDEN AND THOMAS FAMILIES. IN 1832 ABOLITIONIST WILLIAM LLOYD GARRISON SPOKE HERE TO 2,000 PEOPLE ON HIS FIRST MAINE ANTI-SLAVERY TOUR. IN 1842 FIRST PARISH WAS THE SITE OF A PRO-SLAVERY RIOT WHEN RADICAL ABOLITIONIST, STEPHEN SYMONDS FOSTER, WAS NEARLY MURDERED FOR CRITICIZING THE CHURCHES; AND NEW ENGLAND'S ROLE PROMOTING, PERPETUATING AND PROFITING FROM SLAVERY. WOMEN HELPED DEFEND HIM. (lower plaque)

Files

DSC_0224.JPG

Citation

Maine Freedom Trails, Inc, “First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church,” Portland’s Historical Markers, accessed February 23, 2018, http://markers.portlandculturalhistory.org/items/show/37.

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