Alton Erects Marker Honoring Famed Abolitionist
The (Alton) Telegraph reports the newly installed, 22-by-44-inch marker commemorating Lovejoy has been unveiled in time for the observance of his death 176 years ago. Lovejoy was the St. Louis Observer's editor whose editorials denounced slavery and supported emancipation decades before the Civil War. Abolition opponents forced Lovejoy out of St. Louis, and he settled in Alton.
While he was editor of that Mississippi River city's Alton Observer, pro-slavery groups three times destroyed Lovejoy's printing press. He was slain by a pro-slavery mob in 1837.
Alton Mayor Brant Walker calls the marker "a wonderful testament to the history of Alton and its stance against slavery and standing up for freedom."
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