Robert Sengstacke Abbott Boyhood Home

Robert Sengstacke Abbott Boyhood Home (HMA9Y)

Location: Savannah, GA 31408 Chatham County
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N 32° 5.678', W 81° 8.182'

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Founder of the Chicago Defender

From 1878 to 1889, Robert Sengstacke Abbott lived in the parsonage of Pilgrim Congregational Church, once located on this site. His stepfather John H. H. Sengstacke, minister of the church, published the Woodville Times. Abbott learned the printing trade here and developed his commitment to equal rights for African-Americans. In 1905, he founded the Chicago Defender, a newspaper that revolutionized African-American journalism. He fought to abolish Jim Crow laws and establish a non-discriminatory society. The Defender played a major role in initiating the Great Migration (1915-1919) of approximately 1.3 million blacks to northern cities.
HM NumberHMA9Y
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number25-33
Year Placed2008
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Society and the City of Savannah
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 5:08pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 487132 N 3550933
Decimal Degrees32.09463333, -81.13636667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 5.678', W 81° 8.182'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 5' 40.68" N, 81° 8' 10.92" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3001 W Bay St, Savannah GA 31408, US
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