Place

John Coburn House

Three story brick dwelling.
2 Philips Street

NPS Photo

Quick Facts
Location:
2 Phillips Street
Significance:
Home to community activist John Coburn.
Designation:
Black Heritage Trail Site
OPEN TO PUBLIC:
No
MANAGED BY:
Private Residence

A prominent clothing dealer and community activist, John Coburn (1811–1873) served as treasurer of the New England Freedom Association, an organization dedicated to helping people escape from slavery. Authorities arrested, though later acquitted, Coburn for his alleged role in the courthouse rescue of Shadrach Minkins, the first person seized in Boston under the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law. Coburn also co-founded the Massasoit Guards, a Black military company and precursor to the 54th Regiment.

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John Coburn House - Boston African American National Historic Site

Boston African American National Historic Site

Last updated: March 28, 2023