Plaque Honoring Abolitionist Poet to Be Dedicated

Elizabeth Margaret Chandler founded one of the earliest antislavery societies.

ADRIAN, Mich (April, 15)—Adrian

College students and friends will dedicate a plaque at the grave of Lenawee County abolitionist poet, Elizabeth Margaret Chandler (1807-1834). The ceremony will be held at the Chandler Cemetery on Breckel Highway in Raisin Township, Friday, April 25, at 11:00 a.m.

Chandler

was a well-respected literary figure, born in Delaware and educated inPhiladelphia. She moved with her family to the wilderness of Lenawee County in 1830 and founded one of America’s earliest antislavery societies. Chandler’s poetry featured references to the beauty of nature and the strength of women. Her work appeared in noted journals and magazines of the day and is best remembered for its indictment of slavery. Chandler was the founding figure of Lenawee County’s antislavery culture. She died of disease at the age of 26 and is buried, along with family members, on a hillside in Raisin Township. In 1983 Chandler was inducted into The Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame.

So

powerful was Elizabeth Chandler’s legacy that later abolitionists would visit her grave and re-dedicate themselves to the cause of freedom. In 1853, legendary reformer, William Lloyd Garrison, visited the site and composed his own poem of commitment. Others, some fleeing slavery in the south, would stop by the hillside to leave a note of gratitude or to write a tribute on a fence post.

The

plaque that will be dedicated is the creation of Adrian College student Christine Lariscey. A resident of Lenawee County who has studied art, Lariscey began the design and production of the plaque more than a year ago. The finished piece was engraved by “Etches in Stone” of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, and “Tech Fab, Inc.” of Morenci, Michigan fabricated the stainless steel stand.

A

caravan will leave the Valade Hall parking lot at 10:45am, Friday, April 25 for the 11:00 a.m. ceremony. The public is invited to attend.  For more information, please contact Rev. Chris Momany, at 265.5161, Extension 4211.