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Petition to Name the Southbound I-95 Bridge "The William Lloyd Garrison Bridge"

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We, the undersigned, propose that the new southbound I-95 bridge spanning the Merrimack River should be named in honor of William Lloyd Garrison, 19th century abolitionist. The pairing of the Garrison Bridge with the northbound Whittier Bridge would be a fitting tribute to both men and to Massachusetts' central role in the effort to end American Slavery.

  • Newburyport native Garrison got his start editing local newspapers and was the first to publish the young poet, John Greenleaf Whittier of Haverhill and Amesbury, beginning a long friendship.
  • William Lloyd Garrison published his anti-slavery newspaper, The Liberator, continuously for 34 years, until the Thirteenth Amendment assured the freedom of millions of enslaved Americans.
  • Garrison never wavered, never compromised, and never “retreated a single inch.”
  • This petition will be sent to citizens, lawmakers and officials with the intention of making the Garrison Bridge a reality!

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Inquires can be made to: The Class of 2019 History Students, C/O Erin Flynn & John Siegfried, Pentucket Regional High School, 24 Main Street, West Newbury, MA 01985

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