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Unknown A sketch of Henry Franklin and family

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06120 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Pamphlets Date: 26 April 1887 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Date written as "4 mo., 26th, 1887." Contains an extract from the Philadelphia Inquirer regarding the death of Henry Franklin's son. The extract is included as a reflection of the lack of racial prejudice in France, where Franklin's son died. Includes a biographical description of Franklin, described as "the venerable colored janitor of the Academy of Fine Arts." Reports that Franklin's slave name was Bill Budd. States that Franklin serves as Treasurer of the Colored Baptist Church in Philadelphia. Also mentions his activism on behalf of fugitive slaves and his special invitation to meet with noted abolitionist Gerrit Smith.

People: Franklin, Henry, fl. 1884-1887.

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Keywords/Subjects: France, African American History, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, Death, Children and Family, Slavery, Religion, Fugitive Slave Act, Runaway Slave, Abolition, Reform Movement

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