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Emigrants to Liberia. On the 25th ult. a brig sailed from Baltimore with 85 negroes for the Maryland colony at Liberia. On the 3d inst the ship Emperor sailed from Norfolk for Siberia with 100 Emigrants- mostly from the estates of two individuals, deceased, in Madison county, Va. They were accompanied by the Rev. Mr. Barton, a missionary of the Methodist Church. On the 29 ult. the barge Marine charted by the Colonization Society, arrived at Wilmington, N.C. for the purpose of taking to Liberia a number of free blacks residing on the banks of the Cape Fear.

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The American Colonization Society (ACS) was formed in 1817 to send free African-Americans to Africa as an alternative to emancipation in the United States. In 1822, the society established a colony on the west coast of Africa that became the independent nation of Liberia in 1847. By 1867, the society had sent more than 13,000 emigrants to Africa. Beginning in the 1830s, the society was harshly attacked by abolitionists, who tried to discredit colonization as a slaveholder's scheme. This article reports on some of these emigrants leaving from Baltimore, Maryland, Norfolk, Virginia, and Wilmington, North Carolina. 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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"Emigrants to Liberia" article from Gazette and Mercury newspaper

publisher   Greenfield Gazette and Mercury
date   Dec 19, 1837
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
height   2.0"
width   3.5"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L05.021

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