- ›› Coverage People : Henry Highland Garnet
Glossary Term – Event
In “An Address to the Slaves of the United States of America” at the Convention of Free People of Color in Buffalo, New York, abolitionist Henry Highland Garnet openly called for slave insurrection, declaring “Brethren, arise, arise! Strike for your lives and liberties. Now is the day and the hour. Let every slave throughout the land do this and the days of slavery are numbered.”
Glossary Term – Person
Henry Highland Garnet (1815–1882) was a black abolitionist and clergyman. Garnet escaped from slavery with his family as a boy and settled in New York City. He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in 1841 and soon became a well-known anti-slavery advocate. In 1843, he proposed militant slave uprising, putting him at odds with more centrist abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass. During the Civil War, Garnet helped recruit African Americans for the Union Army. He later supported black emigration to Africa, and in 1881 he was appointed...