Rhinebeck to replace historical marker honoring slave owner

The Rhinebeck town board held the vote saying General John Quitman is not local and was an avid secessionist.

News 12 Staff

Jul 15, 2020, 10:48 AM

Updated 1,404 days ago

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A historical marker honoring a proslavery advocate on US Route 9 in Rhinebeck will now be replaced. 
The marker honors the birthplace of General John Quitman.
Quitman was born in Rhinebeck in 1789, but later moved to Mississippi.  He became governor, one of the state’s largest owners of slaves,  and a leader in the movement that ultimately resulted in the Confederacy.  

The Rhinebeck town board held the vote saying Quitman is not local and was an avid secessionist.
The marker will be replaced with one honoring his father, Rev. Frederick Quitman, who was a Lutheran minister from the area. 


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