Colored Citizens Meet – the Negro Regiment

February 20, 1863

The colored citizens have met at the Joy Street church “for the purpose of awakening interest in the new enterprise of forming one or more negro regiments in this Commonwealth.”   Judge Russell and Wendell Phillips, and Robert C. Morris, Esq., are reported as speakers.  Phillips encourages enrollment:  “Your success hangs on the general success.  If the Union lives, it will live with equal races.  If divided, and you have done your duty, then you will stand upon the same platform with the white race….”