Longwood Progressive Friends Meetinghouse and Cemetery c. 1855

In Progress - Underground Railroad Story, Chester County, PA

Longwood Progressive Friends Meetinghouse and Cemetery c. 1855

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania 19348, United States

Created By: Kennett Underground Railroad Center

Point of Interest Details

Local Quakers differed over how to respond to slavery. In 1853, a group of 58 men and women founded the Pennsylvania Yearly Meeting of Progressive Friends. Their Meetinghouse became a beacon to reformers throughout the United States for movements such as the abolition of slavery, women’s rights and temperance. Renowned speakers and visitors included Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Lucretia Mott, Ann Preston, William Lloyd Garrison and Thomas Garrett. Many local abolitionists active in the Underground Railroad are buried in the cemetery. Today the building houses the Brandywine Valley Tourism Information Bureau.

This point of interest is part of the tour: In Progress - Underground Railroad Story, Chester County, PA


 

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