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Reverend J. Josiah Walters

“The Binghamton audience may not be ready to accept the doctrine Senator Tillman will advance,” according to the Binghamton Press on February 10, 1908. The newspaper did not need to name or identify the “doctrine”—virulent racism- because it preceded and followed the Senator…

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Emancipation Day in Greene, 1864

     “The celebration of the colored people in this village…considerably exceeded the expectations of the public.  In addition to an unexpected large number of colored persons from abroad, there was a large turn-out of white people, curious to hear what…

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Elmira’s Fugitive Slave Case of “Sam,” 1858

And yet vile as it was, the fugitive slave law was…a gift to the anti-slavery activists…because wherever it was enforced, it allowed them to show off human beings being dragged back to the hell whence they came.  This was Professor Andrew Delbanco’s contention…

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The Arrest of Robert Jones in Addison, 1872

“Our colored people are to have a Grand Promenade…on the evening of the 28th inst. Robert Jones… is to be master of ceremonies, which is a sufficient guarantee that ‘law and order’ will prevail, and all who desire to ‘chase…

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Fred Hazel: Binghamton’s Fighter For Racial Justice

After moving to Binghamton from the City of New York in 1911, Fred C. Hazel’s civil rights work spurred his biographic inclusion in the 1915 edition of Who’s Who of the Colored Race. His notable pre-1911 accomplishments included graduating from the Hampton Normal…

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