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Abbott Family Obelisk

1930.

Also located on the grounds of Fort Frederica is a granite obelisk honoring the Abbott Family. Robert S. Abbott founded the Chicago Defender, America’s first black newspaper. He was born on St. Simons in 1868 but moved to Chicago in 1905 where he established his very important newspaper. Returning to the island in the 1930s, Abbott erected this monument to pay homage to his father, Thomas Abbott, and two aunts, Gelia Abbott and Mary Abbott Finnick.

Fort Frederica is located on the north end of Frederica Road about three miles after the Sea Island Causeway intersection.

Related: Christ Church First African Baptist Church Bloody Marsh Monument Military Road St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition

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