Abolitionist Elijah Parish Lovejoy killed by pro-slavery mob 180 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 7 1837)


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(Tuesday, November 7, 1837, at about 10:00 p.m. local time) — Abolitionist Elijah Parish Lovejoy was fatally shot by a pro-slavery mob tonight while defending Gilman & Godfrey’s warehouse, the site of his anti-slavery newspaper, the St. Louis Observer, in Alton, Illinois.

Lovejoy’s death at age 34 deeply affected many Northerners and greatly strengthened the anti-slavery cause.

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