George Luther Stearns

George Luther Stearns was an abolitionist. Stearns was a member of the “secret six”, the group of abolitionists who funded and supported John Brown’s bloody raid on Harper’s Ferry. During the Civil War, Stearns served as a recruiter for black troops along with Douglass.

“Immediately after authority had been given by President Lincoln to Governor John A. Andrew of Massachusetts, to raise and equip two regiments of colored men for the war, I received a letter from George L. Stearns of Boston, a noble worker for freedom in Kansas, and a warm friend of John Brown, earnestly entreating me to assist in raising the required number of men. It was presumed that by my labors in the anti-slavery cause, I had gained some influence with the colored men of the country, and that they would listen to me in this emergency; which supposition, I am happy to say, was supported by the results.”[1]

George Luther Stearns died on April 9, 1867 at the age of 58. He was buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Exact Grave GPS coordinates: 42.372921, -71.147170

[1] Frederick Douglass, The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (Boston: De Wolfe & Fiske Co., 1892), 416.

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