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Mount Auburn Cemetery

Mount Auburn Cemetery is the final resting place of abolitionists and figures associated with the Underground Railroad. Freedom seekers Harriet Jacobs and John Jacobs each published a narrative about their escape from enslavement in order to gain support for the abolitionist movement. The monument of Peter Byus tells the story of another freedom seeker. Charles Torrey aided the escape of runaways through Baltimore on their journey to freedom. Caterer Joshua Bowen Smith employed freedom seekers and kept them safely hidden from bounty hunters passing through Boston. Abolitionist George Luther Stearns often hid runaways at his Medford, MA farm. Stearns and abolitionist Samuel Gridely Howe were two members of the “Secret Six,” a group of men who secretly financed the activities of abolitionist John Brown prior to Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry. Senator Charles Sumner began his political career as an outspoken defender of the abolitionist movement and sparked political controversy with his speeches against the Fugitive Slave Act. Amos Adams Lawrence helped to support the anti-slavery movement by providing funds to settle Kansas as a free territory. Notable authors James Russell Lowell, Maria Lowell, Julia Ward Howe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and John Pierpont supported the anti-slavery movement through their writings.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: 580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, 02138

Contact Information: info@mountauburn.org

Website: Mount Auburn Cemetery

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: William Clendaniel

Location Type: Site

People/Organizations Associated with the site: Amos Adams Lawrence,Fugitive Slave Law,Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,James Russell Lowell,John Pierpont,Julia Ward Howe,Maria Lowell,Senator Charles Sumner

Freedom Seekers: Harriet Jacobs,John Jacobs,Peter Byus

UGRR Operatives: Charles Torrey,George Luther Stearns,John Brown,Joshua Bowen Smith,Samuel Gridely Howe