Civil War and Abolitionism in Lynn
The events of the Civil War and the ongoing efforts of the abolitionist movement in the 1860s brought tremendous transformations to the United States. Lynn particularly was home to many Union soldiers and abolitionists who were active at this time. These individuals were committed to preserving the union of the nation and abolishing the practice of slavery across the county. This history reached beyond the immediate years of the Civil War. Decades before the institution of slavery officially ended in the U.S. in 1865, abolitionist leaders in Lynn spoke against the evils of slavery, founded anti-slavery societies, and aided enslaved people in their escapes through the Underground Railroad. After the war’s end, the city continued to reaffirm the ideals of union and freedom through the construction of monuments and commemoration of Lynn’s part in the Civil War.
This tour takes one past many sites tied to the Civil War and abolitionist histories of Lynn. Over 150 years later, some of these places resemble how they would have appeared in the nineteenth century, while others would be almost unrecognizable. Explore each of these locations and the stories they tell.
(Click the info icon on the bottom left corner of the image for more information on each of these sites.)
The Civil War & Abolitionism tour was created by Lynn Historian Patricia Lee for "Lynn's 150th Civil War" celebration in 2012. This tour was digitized and updated by Essex Heritage in 2020 for Trails & Sails.