Printing Press, c. 1830
  The noted abolitionist Reverend Elijah P. Lovejoy (1802-37) is believed to have owned this press. Originally from Maine, Lovejoy moved to Alton, Illinois in southern Illinois where he published the Alton Observer, an anti-slavery newspaper, and helped found the Illinois Anti-Slavery Society.

During the 1830s, pro-slavery supporters attempted to suppress his efforts by throwing several of his presses into the Mississippi River; this one was recovered in the 1850s and used by a newspaper publisher in Iowa.
Printing Press, c. 1830

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