Ship Yard Prejudice Against Color

June 23, 1848

Here is an item about prejudice at the Charlestown dry dock.  Dissatisfaction arose among a portion of the workmen “because two colored men, (both fugitives  from slavery), and an Irishman were likewise employed upon the job”.  There is a complaint to the carpenter, Mr. Hall, who informs them that he will employ whomever he wants to; if they do not like his terms, they are free to leave.  Twenty-five men leave, endeavor to gain support in a street meeting, but are not successful.  Mr. Hall employs others, and the steamer on which they worked was ready for sailing the next day.

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