Founded by transplanted New Englanders, it reportedly was a stop on the Underground Railroad and was visited by President Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Sojourner Truth.
Pastor Henry Ward Beecher’s fiery abolitionist sermons and mock slave auctions made him famous.
(Beecher later gained infamy for having affairs with congregation members as well as for his 1875 adultery trial, but that’s another post).
The backstory? Apparently the piece of rock came from a parishioner at neighboring Church of the Pilgrims.
Of course, no one knows for sure if Plymouth rock really was the landing place of the Mayflower in 1620. Real or fake, a fragment of this symbol of religious freedom has found a home in Brooklyn Heights.
[Second image: nycgo.com/Myrna Suarez; third image: Plymouth Church in 1866]