Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The first five inductees of Abolition Hall of Fame

The first five people to be inducted into the National Abolition Hall of Fame, chosen by a panel of 33 abolition scholars and historians.

-Frederick Douglass, born a slave in Maryland, became internationally known as a respected speaker and writer, owned The North Star newspaper in Rochester, N.Y.

-William Lloyd Garrison, led the moral crusade for abolition of slavery, published The Liberator, an abolition newspaper from 1831 to 1866, established the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1833.

-Lucretia Mott, a Quaker who organized anti-slavery groups, and was a tireless reformer for women’s rights.

-Gerrit Smith, led the political crusade for abolition of slavery, sent agents South to purchase freedom for families, established manual labor schools for young black males, gave away 130,000 acres to black male Americans.

-Harriet Tubman, called “the Moses of her people,’’ led more than 300 slaves to freedom on the
Underground Railroad during the Civil War.

SOURCE: Abolition Hall of Fame Committee

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