In the Liberator edition of January 20, 1860, there is a story of a Meeting of Colored Citizens, at the Bethel Church. William Wells Brown submitted to the gathering a resolution to appoint a committee to draw up a memorial to the Massachusetts Legislature, asking that it strike out the word “white” from all statutes of the Commonwealth. The committee appointed was Brown, William Cooper Nell, John Rock, Robert Morris, Esq., and The Rev. Sella Martin.
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