They registered voters, educated the unschooled, and provided medical aid to the ill and impoverished.
They took from Pennsylvania a fervent commitment to fight subjugation that dated to the colonial era, a struggle that occurred not only throughout the South, but also throughout the nation.
Many followed Dinah's example, and by 1790, Philadelphia was home to the largest free Black community in the new nation.
With the passage of An Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery by the general assembly in March 1780, Pennsylvania became the first of what had been the English mainland colonies to abolish slavery--but did so by gradual means.
during the civil rights movement, appeared on the national stage. Delores Tucker (1927-2005), who walked with King during the famous five-day, fifty-four-mile march in Alabama, from Selma to Montgomery in March 1965.
He employed an integrated workforce, and became one of Philadelphia's wealthiest African Americans.
His actions are essential for understanding the struggles of a people long denied their rights and in ways that were more insidious than their neighbors to the south.
The English introduced slavery, but the American colonists accepted and refined it to meet their specific needs.
Although he prospered, Forten did not ignore the plight of the enslaved.
He purchased freedom for slaves, contributed to abolitionist newspapers and schools for African American children, and supported women's efforts to attain equality.