Portland Freedom Trail - Eastman House - Portland, ME
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 43° 39.740 W 070° 14.892
19T E 399360 N 4835126
Quick Description: A Portland Freedom Trail marker at the corner of Mountfort and Newbury Streets marks the site of the Eastman House. The residents, the Eastmans and Stephensons were a conductors on the Underground Railroad.
Location: Maine, United States
Date Posted: 5/29/2019 4:43:53 AM
Waymark Code: WM10MQ7
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
Views: 4

Long Description:

Bronze and granite monuments mark the locations on the Portland Freedom Trail. The trail is: "Dedicated to the countless thousands of men and women who fled the bonds of slavery but were recaptured or died at the hands of their pursuers before they reached the safe embrace of the Underground Railroad."

The monument contains a bronze relief image of a conductor leading runaway slaves via the underground railroad at night. It is inscribed:

PORTLAND FREEDOM TRAIL
MAINE FREEDOM TRAILS ESTABLISHED 2007

Below is a bronze plaque which has an image of Charles Frederick Eastman and the inscription:

HOME OF CHARLES FREDERICK
EASTMAN, HARRIET STEPHENSON
EASTMAN, AND HER FATHER
ALEXANDER STEPHENSON, 221
SUMNER STREET, NOW NEWBURY
STREET, THEY ARE BURIED AT
EVERGREEN CEMETERY.
___________________________________

THE EASTMANS AND STEPHENSONS WERE CONDUCTORS
ON THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, THEY SUSTAINED THE
ABYSSINIAN CHURCH THROUGH FINANCIAL TIMES.
CHARLES EASTMAN WAS A BARBER, SECONDHAND
CLOTHING DEALER, MARINER, HACK DRIVER AND
TAXIDERMIST, PRESERVING RARE ANIMALS AT A MUSEUM
IN HIS HOME. AS A SELF-EDUCATED MAN HE ALSO
ACCUMULATED A CONSIDERABLE LIBRARY.

Address and /or location:
Corner of Mountfort and Newbury Streets. Portland, ME


Who put it there (Sponsor): City of Portland

Date (Erected or Dediated): 2006

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