Friday, February 17, 2017

Jermain Loguen's Home in Syracuse, UGRR Site and Sacred Site

This past week I met with Chris Bolt of WAER for his series on Underground Railroad (UGRR) sites in Central New York  to discuss the Jermain Loguen home at the corner of Pine and Genesee Streets. It is estimated that Loguen and his wife Caroline were one to the most, if not the most prolific stationmasters on the UGRR having helped over 1,500 Freedom Seekers, or passengers, find Freedom.

Unfortunately, Loguen's home  was demolished to make way for a Rite Aid Drugstore about 10 years ago. Sad, because it rests on a Field of Consciousness, a stacked eight. One of the pictures below shows one of the high points in the Field of Consciousness. Incredibly the vibe was slightly positive. WOW. Caked over with crud, a commercial enterprise, and.... it still retains some vigor. Imagine what it must have been like in its day. 

Here is a short blurb on what I wrote about Jermain Loguen and Caroline Loguen in North Star Country, Places in Greater New York State That Changed the World:

"Because of Jermain Loguen, Syracuse became known as the most openly abolitionist city in America, with some even calling it America’s Canada as noted earlier. Loguen was an A.M.E.Z. minister who had escaped slavery in Tennessee on a stolen horse. Dedicated to helping Freedom Seekers, he said “So long as God spares my life, it shall be spent to defy all slave laws.”Loguen brazenly advertised in papers and handed out cards telling Freedom Seekers where they could find help. He was dubbed, the “Underground Railroad King” by The Weekly Anglo-African. His daughter Amelia married Fredrick Douglass’ eldest son Lewis.Douglass introduced Loguen to abolitionist Gerrit Smith. Smith sent a letter back to Douglass saying, “What a man you have sent me! I asked him to pray and he prayed so feelingly for his mother and sisters in slavery that we were all in tears.” Smith hired Loguen to assist him in the donation of 200,000 acres to the poor, no matter what color they were. Many claimed that the land was of poor quality. Loguen investigated and found this not to be the case, but rather unscrupulous men would hire themselves as ‘pilots’ and misdirect recipients to mountaintops and swamps and scarf up the land for themselves. Loguen lived at the corner of Pine and Genesee Streets in Syracuse, in what is now the University section of the city, from 1848. Unfortunately, his home was torn down and replaced with a Rite Aid Pharmacy. It sits on a FOC containing a series (3) of S8’s. Some may wish to visit." Page 187

 The Rite Aid Store.
 A plaque at the corner of Pine and Genesee Streets proclaiming the location as a UGRR site and giving recognition to this great soul.

My backpack on the ground marks one of the high points of the FOC: a series of 3 stacked FOC of 8, that breaks towards the store. The vibe is slightly positive. NICE!!!!!

I don't know what is sadder, that this famous couple goes unrecognized for their herculean and courageous effort,or that their historic home has been destroyed and we are no longer able to bask in its divinity.

What has not been snuffed out is its spirit of place. A slightly positive vibe still remains, undoubtedly a flicker of what it once was. Yet it remains defiant in the face of adversity as the Louegen's did,  and continues to radiate Christ Consciousness, albeit weaker. 

Go visit this sacred site and see if you can feel its love;and soak up the spirit of great souls.

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