Today in History: National Black Convention met at Buffalo


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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