Under the Oaks
    Michigan Historical Marker

  Birthplace of the Republican Party - "Under the Oaks"

On July 6, 1854, a state convention of anti-slavery men was held in Jackson to found a new political party. "Uncle Tom's Cabin" had been published two years earlier, causing increased resentment against slavery, and the Kansas-Nebraska Act of May, 1854, threatened to make slave states out of previously free territories. Since the convention day was hot and the huge crowd could not be accommodated in the hall, the meeting adjourned to an oak grove on "Morgan's Forty" on the outskirts of town. Here a state-wide slate of candidates was selected and the Republican Party was born. Winning an overwhelming victory in the elections of 1854, the Republican party went on to dominate national parties throughout the nineteenth century."

NW corner, Second and Franklin streets, Jackson; Under the Oaks (Birthplace of the Republican Party) informational site; S15; February 18, 1956; 1972

Under the Oaks "Under the Oaks"

the First Republican Convention
Jackson, Michigan 1854

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