Antislavery Convention

Antislavery Convention

Ezra Greenleaf Weld made this historic Daguerrotype on August 22, 1850, when the Cazenovia Fugitive Slave Law Convention met outdoors in an apple orchard. Image courtesy of the Madison County Historical Society.

Annotated Daguerrotype

Annotated Daguerrotype

The Weld Daguerrotype rotated, cropped, and with key individuals identified. Identification of Massachusetts abolitionist Theodore Dwight Weld and his wife, abolitionist-suffragist Angelina Grimke, is tentative.

Free Church

Free Church

Detail of an Ezra Greenleaf Weld Daguerrotype looking up Lincklaen Street depicts the Free Church (white building at center). Founded in 1833, the Free Church split away from a more conservative religious body over issues including woman's rights and abolition. In this it was similar to the Wesleyan Chapels in Seneca Falls  and Penn Yan.

Cummings Theatre

Cummings Theatre

Site of the Free Church (on Lincklaen Street just behind the Lincklaen House) is now occupied by the Catherine Cummings Theatre, operated by Cazenovia College. The theatre operates in a restoration of the opera house which replaced the Free Church structure on this site.

Cummings Interior

Cummings Interior

Interior of the Catherine Cummings Theatre on the site of the Free Church. Note restored wooden trusswork of the opera house.

Outdoor venue

Outdoor venue

This apartment building at 11 Sullivan Street occupies the site of the apple orchard where the second day of the Fugitive Slave Law convention took place. The Ezra Greenleaf Weld Daguerrotype of convention leaders was made on this site. Historical marker and memorial stone can be seen at lower right.

Historical marker

Historical marker

This highly informative historical marker was placed in 2010.

Memorial stone

Memorial stone

Memorial stone at the apple orchard site. See next photo for larger image of plaque text.

Plaque detail

Plaque detail

Close-up of plaque on memorial stone. Text fails to note that on August 21, the Convention met at the Free Church, utilizing the apple orchard site only on August 22.

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