Governor Coles and Slavery
The marker is located in Edwardsville on a small brick wall on the grounds of the old school on the northeast corner of Liberty Street and Main Street (1200 block).
The Illinois State Historical Society
Site of the courthouse where in 1824 political enemies convicted Governor Edward Coles of illegally freeing his slaves. 'To preserve to a continuous line of generations that liberty obtained by the valor of our forefathers, we must make provisions for the moral and intellectual improvement of those who are to follow.'
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