25th Anniversary of the New England Anti-Slavery Society

The January 9, 1857 Liberator has an account of the meeting.  Four hundred members assembled at Faneuil Hall.  Greetings from people who could not be present were read, including letters from Theodore Parker, Samuel J. May, Theodore Weld, Arnold Buffum, Abby Foster,  William Wells Brown, and John T. Hilton.  In his speech Garrison recounted the beginnings of the Society.  He tells of two meetings  which were held in Samuel Sewall’s law office, Dec 16, 1831, and January 2, 1832, naming those who were present.  Then came the third meeting, held at the African Baptist Church. “It was purposely held in that little room, in that obscure part of the city, with reference to the historical significance of the event”.

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