The Julius LeMoyne House is significant as a National Historic Landmark for its association with the antebellum, anti-slavery movement as a center of anti-slavery activity and a safe station on the Underground Railroad. The period of significance begins with Julius LeMoyne's entry into the Washington Anti-Slavery Society in 1834 and ends with the ratification of the 13th Amendment in 1865. Through the 1830's and 1840's Julius threw himself into the anti-slavery cause. Using his position as a prominent community figure, he and his wife made their house a center of anti-slavery activity in southwestern Pennsylvania. When Julius joined the anti-slavery cause he did not limit his commitment to politics, organizing rallies, and debating the constitutional abstractions of states' rights, property rights, and human rights. Like many Americans and some of his neighbors his conscience prompted him to bend the law by aiding the escape of fugitive slaves. He put himself at risk by offering his house as a safe station on the fugitive slave escape network.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: 49 East Maiden Street, Washington, 15301
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: James Ross
Location Type: Site