Colored Citizens vote for Sumner support

Meeting of Colored Citizens of Boston

Our colored citizens have just held a meeting in Rev. Mr. Grimes’ church, Southac street, for the purpose of making a public expression of their indignation at the assault on Chas. Sumner.  Deacon Coffin Pitts presided, assisted by several Vice-Presidents and Secretaries  —Speeches were made by Robert Morris, Esq., Rev. Mr. Grimes, Mr. Robert Johnson, Rev. Mr. Hall, Dr. J. S. Rock, and others;  and a series of resolutions offered by Dr. Rock, were passed, one of which was as follows:   Resolved, That we, the colored citizens of Boston, regard the recent  ‘brutal, cowardly and murderous assault’ in the Senate chamber of the nation, upon our distinguished Senator, Charles Sumner  — eminent alike for his eloquence, scholarship and philanthropy, not less than for his Christian statesmanship – with feelings of abhorrence and indignation.

                                                    (Liberator,  June 27, 1856, pg 3)