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D[avid] Jenkins to Frederick Douglass, Mary 23, 1853


COLUMBUS, O., May 23, 1853.

FREDERICK DOUGLASS: MY DEAR SIR:—You have manifested an interest in the labors of colored men, in this part of the field, and I know you will be glad to hear that the good work goes on well. I have been from home during the last three months at work among the people, mostly in the western counties of this State. I found the people everywhere willing to hear, and generally desirous to have colored men stand forth as their own advocates. They wish the colored people to take their cause into their own hands—an idea of which, I think, so well as to adopt it for myself and recommend it to others. We must go to work by Conventions, State and National, by papers, local and general, by lectures and public meetings, and by every means in our power. My dear friend, don't falter in this work of truth and justice. We have made great progress during the last dozen years, and in nothing more than our school privileges. The money appropriated to the education of colored children in this city a few years ago, was three hundred dollars per annum; now that sum has been encreased to fifteen hundred.

I fully unite with a Call for a National Convention at Rochester, and think it will meet the views and wishes of every intelligent friend of his race.

Yours for the oppressed,



Jenkins, David


May 23, 1853


D[avid] Jenkins to Frederick Douglass. PLSr: Frederick DouglassP, 3 June 1853. Calls for a black national convention at Rochester.


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