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Under the oaks

Certainly! Jackson, Michigan holds a significant place in American history as the birthplace of a major political party. Let’s delve into the remarkable story behind this pivotal moment:

On July 6, 1854, over 1,000 people gathered in a Jackson hall to protest a recent expansion of slavery. The hall’s cramped conditions and poor ventilation led them to move the meeting to a nearby park. It was here, under the shade of ancient oaks, that a group of party candidates was designated. The group of abolitionists were the beginning of the Republican party .

The conversations held on that quiet street corner set the stage for the Civil War and the eventual abolition of slavery. Over the years, politicians from all walks of life have visited this historic spot.

Under the Oaks - 50th Anniversary of the Founding from library copy


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