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.