September 20, 1830: The 1st National Negro Convention Convenes

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The 1st National Negro Convention met in Philadelphia, PA. This group gathered for the express purpose of abolishing slavery and improving the status of African Americans. They also agreed to boycott slave-produced goods.

40  Black men from 9 states attended the meeting, including Bishop Richard Allen. From the meeting emerged a new organization, the “American Society of Free People of Color for improving their condition in the United States; for purchasing lands; and for the establishment of a settlement in the Province of Canada,”of which Allen was named president

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  • Kenneth Highsmith September 21, 2016 - 6:27 am Reply

    It’s about time to have another convention with some concrete objectives for African Americans.

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