Petition to Name the Southbound I-95 Bridge "The William Lloyd Garrison Bridge"
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!
We appreciate your support.
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