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THE annual meeting of the Franklin County Anti-Slavery Society will be holden
on Tuesday, Jan. 16th at 10 o'clock, A.M., in the Methodist Church in Greenfield
village. The usual business on annual occasions will be transacted; and the
meeting, it may be expected, will be addressed by Hon. James G. Birney, Rev.
Mr. Colver, Rev. George B. Storrs, and Mr. Henry B. Stanton. The meeting will
be open for a free and candid discussion of the subjects of Slavery and its
Abolition; and citizens of the County without respect of persons are respectfully
invited to attend and engage in the discussion. The meeting may be expected
to continue through Tuesday and Wednesday. Town Societies are requested to send
delegates, and also to forward copies of their constitutions, annual reports
and lists of officers. The Directors are requested to meet at the same place
one half hour preceding the public meeting.
T. PACKARD, jr. Sec'y
Dec. 26, 1837.
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The 1830s were the heyday of the formation of anti-slavery societies. Associations were established at the town, county and state levels. This is a notice for the annual meeting of the Franklin County (Massachusetts) Anti-Slavery Society which was formed in 1836. It asks that towns having anti-slavery societies send delegates. The speakers for this meeting included James G. Birney (1792-1857) who was born in the slave state of Kentucky and founded the abolitionist newspaper the Philanthropist in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1836. Other speakers were Reverend Nathaniel Colver from the First Free Baptist Church in Boston, Massachusetts, and Henry B. Stanton (1805-1887) who married suffragette Elizabeth Cady in 1840. The Gazette & Mercury was the newspaper in Greenfield, Massachusetts, from June 27, 1837 to July 13, 1841, when it changed its name to the Gazette & Courier.
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"County Anti-Slavery Meeting" article from Gazette and Mercury newspaper
| publisher Greenfield Gazette and Mercury
| date Dec 26, 1837
| location Greenfield, Massachusetts
| width 4.25"
| height 5.0"
| process/materials printed paper, ink
| accession # #L05.016
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