Today in History: National Black Convention met at Buffalo

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Henry Highland Garnet

On this day in 1843, the National Black convention met at Buffalo, New York, with some seventy delegates from twelve states.

The highlight of the convention was a stirring address by Henry Highland Garnet, a twenty-seven-year-old-Presbyterian pastor who called for a slave revolt and a general slave strike.

Amos G. Beman of New Heaven, Connecticut, was elected president of the convention.

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