Starr King and the California abolition movement


“Thomas Starr King and the California Abolition Movement” is my topic on Nov. 8 during the Grand Lodge of California’s two-day symposium on the legacy of the man credited with keeping California in the Union during the Civil War.

The venue is Starr King’s church, First Unitarian Universalist, on Cathedral Hill where his crypt is in the front yard on Franklin Street.   A founder of a pro-Union lodge, Oriental, in San Francisco, Starr King became the Grand Orator of the Grand Lodge.

Among his early speeches were appearances at Hannibal Lodge No. 1, the first Prince Hall lodge in the West; Third Baptist, Union Bethel A.M.E. and First A.M.E. Zion.   First A.M.E. Zion was colloquially known as “Starr King A.M.E. Zion Church” into the 20th century because the close ties.

Gold Rush Abolitionists: the California Movement to Emancipation, my exhibition on the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, will be displayed during the events.


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