Welcome to Cassius M.Clay

At an early hour on Monday evening, May 9th, the Belknap Street Church was crowded to its utmost capacity by those who, having heard the name of Cassius M. Clay associated with great and noble deeds, had assembled to greet him face to face.    Lewis Hayden, was President …. Several speakers, and William C. Nell presented resolutions, which included,   “That we, the nominally free colored Americans, and those who have been redeemed from slavery, here, in one fraternal union, pour forth our libation of gratitude to the honored and distinguished guest of this evening”.            ( Liberator, May 27, 1853, pg 4)