Matilda Joslyn Gage, best known as a woman’s suffrage leader (coauthor with Stanton and Anthony of the History of Woman Suffrage, officer of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, editor of the National Citizen and Ballot Box, and author of Woman, Church, and State) was also an Underground Railroad supporter, part of the network affiliated with Rev. Jermain Loguen, AME Zion minister in Syracuse, N.Y. She recalled that she was one of only two people in Fayetteville, N.Y., to offer her help to Loguen. Helen Leslie Gage, Matilda’s eldest daughter, noted that one of her “earliest remembrances is that of a black man on his knees before her mother, thanking her for a chance of life and liberty.” Daughter Julia Gage Carpenter asserted that the home had been an Underground Railroad station and that, despite threats, her mother continued to shelter slaves until the close of the Civil War. Granddaughter Matilda Jewell Gage, 12 years old when her grandmother died, noted that both Gage’s father’s home and Gage’s own home were stations on the Underground Railroad. Lucy Seward Noble, a prominent Fayetteville resident and contemporary of Gage, identified the Gage house as an Underground Railroad site in her Reminiscences.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: 210 East Genesee Street, Fayetteville, 13066
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Sally Wagner
Location Type: Site
Freedom Seekers: Jermain Loguen
UGRR Operatives: Matilda Joslyn Gage