36 Lispenard StreetOn September 3, 1838, human-rights activist Frederick Douglass escaped slavery in Maryland by disguising himself as a sailor and traveling North by carriage, train and boat. A few days later he arrived at 36 Lispenard Street, then a small brick building and a "Station" on the Underground Railroad. A network of secret "Conductors" and safe houses for fugitive slaves. Here, African-American abolitionist David Ruggles kept a reading room and operated a printing press where he published anti-slavery material, including "Mirror of Liberty," an abolitionist newspaper. The site also served as headquarters of the New York Vigilance Committee, on of the Nation's most active anti-slavery campaigns, which aided more than 1,000 freedom-seeking man, women and children.
|Placed By||New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation|
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|Date Added||Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 2:47pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 584175 N 4508152|
|Decimal Degrees||40.72000000, -74.00333333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 43.2', W 74° 0.2'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 43' 12.00" N, 74° 0' 12.00" W|
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|Area Code(s)||212, 646, 914, 917, 516,|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 334 Canal St, New York NY 10013, US|
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