31 May 2011

Wendell Phillips in Boston, Massachusetts

Wendell Phillips (1811-84) was a lawyer who ceased practising law after seeing abolitionist George Thompson almost being lynched for his views, and listening to William Lloyd Garrison: he became a committed abolitionist, joined and gave speeches for the American Anti-Slavery Society, and wrote newpaper articles for the cause. He consumed no products produced by the work of slaves.

Following the Civil War, he turned his attention to such social issues as women's rights, universal suffrage, and equal rights for Native Americans.

This statue was erected in the Public Garden in 1913.

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