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THOMAS GARRETT

PROCLAMATION 
 

Thomas Garrett, Jr. was born August 21, 1789 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. His parents, Thomas, Sr. and Sarah Price were both Quakers. Thomas Garrett had eleven siblings, one of whom was his brother Edward. 

    Thomas, Jr. worked in the iron trades, during which time he married and raised a family. Garrett became a wealthy iron merchant when he moved his family from Upper Darby to Wilmington, Delaware in the early 1800’s.

     Mr. Thomas Garrett’s family involvement in the anti-slavery movement dated back to the middle 1700’s.  He joined the Pennsylvania Abolition Society, which aided runaway slaves.

     The Garrett family farm and homestead, known as “Thornfield”, helped to conceal and transport fugitive slaves.  Thomas, Jr. worked closely with his younger brother Edward to pass freedom-seeking slaves through Upper Darby, by way of the Underground Railroad. There are four known letters that attest to Thomas’ bravery as an ‘agent’. He once estimated that he helped to free more than 2,700 slaves.

     Thomas was not always praised for his anti-slavery work. A reward for his arrest was set at $10,000 by the state of Maryland.  A Federal Court was brought against him in 1848.  He was later fined by a Supreme Court Justice after telling the court he in fact aided the fugitive slaves and would continue to do so.  Garrett fell into bankruptcy when fined and other personal losses became unbearable. With the help of friends he was able to reestablish his business.

     Garrett had stated he wanted to be carried to his grave by Negroes. When he died on January 25, 1871 his request was honored. His mourners hailed him as “Our Moses” during his Quaker funeral services. 

     Therefore I, F. Raymond Shay, Mayor of Upper Darby Township, along with Township Council proclaim January 25, 2002 as

“THOMAS GARRETT, JR. DAY”

in Upper Darby Township. I urge all citizens of both this Township and others to recognize and honor the tremendous efforts set forth towards the anti-slavery movement.

F. Raymond Shay, Mayor
Upper Darby Township
Delaware County, Pennsylvania

Signed and Sealed. January 17, 2002

Resolution requested by the Harriet Tubman Historical Society, Wilmington, Delaware.

Thomas Garrett Day birthday August 21st and memorialized January 25th. read more

 




 

    

                                                 


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