Sentiments of the Colored People of Boston Upon the War

April 26, 1861

A meeting, held at the Twelfth Baptist Church brings people together to discuss “sentiments upon the war”.   John J. Smith said he was ready to defend the flag, and that the dawn of day for colored race “was not far distant”.  A resolution called for laws to be altered so that colored men would be allowed to enlist. Robert Morris, and Dr. John S. Rock support the resolution.   William Wells Brown opposed the resolution; he said the time had not come for the colored man to go into the battlefield; he wanted them to go into the battlefield equal with the white man; he said that “the only hope to-day for the colored man was in Jefferson Davis.”

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