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Elijah P. Lovejoy Monument, Alton

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The Elijah P. Lovejoy Monument, also known as the Elijah Lovejoy Monument, Elijah Parrish Lovejoy Shaft, Lovejoy Monument, and Lovejoy State Memorial, is a memorial in Alton, Illinois, to the eponymous advocate of free speech and abolition of slavery.

Lovejoy had moved his press to Alton after his offices were attacked three times by pro-slavery forces at his former location in St. Louis, Missouri. He hid the press in a warehouse before setting up his new operation but was attacked again on November 7, 1837. He was fatally shot that night when the building was attacked and destroyed by a pro-slavery mob.
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  • Lovejoy was newspaper editor and an active abolitionist. His printing presses were destroyed by pro-slavery forces several times. Eventually, he was murdered by a pro-slavery mob. This monument... 
    Lovejoy was newspaper editor and an active abolitionist. His printing presses were destroyed by pro-slavery forces several times. Eventually, he was murdered by a pro-slavery mob. This monument...  more »
  • Easy to find; located on top of a very steep street; beautiful monument ; a must see for lovers of history. 
    Easy to find; located on top of a very steep street; beautiful monument ; a must see for lovers of history.  more »

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