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The Struggle for African American Civil Rights in Rhode Island - Rev. Samuel Hopkins

29 Jun 2018 12:50 PM | Theresa Guzman Stokes (Administrator)

Reverend Samuel Hopkins of Newport’s 1st Congregational Church is recognized as one of America’s earliest Abolitionist. In 1776 he publishes, “A Dialogue Concerning the Slavery of the Africans: Showing it to be the Duty and Interest of the American States to Emancipate All Their African Slaves” that year and dedicates the book to members of the Continental Congress. He later raises funds to send the first two Africans to college and helps to found the Free African Union Society at Newport in 1780.


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