Boston colored citizens against fugitive slave-catching

On May 28, 1842, colored citizens met at the Infant School Room, of the Smith School.  Resolutions passed petition the Legislature to “prohibit their officers and citizens form interfering to aid slaveholders in seizing and returning fugitive slaves.”   The Resolution will also ask Congress to repeal the 1793 law, and to secure the right of trial “to persons claimed as fugitive slaves”.    There was introduced to the meeting a fugitive, who told of his ordeal.  A purse was collected to enable him to reach Victoria’s dominion.  In the Liberator, June 3, 1842

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