NAHOF symopsia J. Walker 683


The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum (NAHOF) in Peterboro,NY.

19th Century abolitionists presented for the Colgate University Upstate Institute Abolition Symposia on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 19 at the Peterboro United Methodist Church, across the road from NAHOF at 5255 Pleasant Valley Road.

Jonathan Walker (1799-1878) was nominated by Alvin F. Oickle of Florida and John I. Hoh, Jr. from Wisconsin, and will be presented by Hoh. Walker was born in Massachusetts and worked against slavery in Florida, Wisconsin, and Michigan. A merchant marine, “Captain Walker” risked physical punishment and death for sailing slaves to freedom. Abolition poet Whittier wrote a poem about Captain Walker’s branding punishment: “The Man with the Branded Hand.” Walker was a prolific writer for The Liberator newspaper and wrote three books on abolition activities.

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