Colored Citizens resolve against fugitive slave-catching

June 3, 1842

Here are resolutions passed by a large gathering of colored citizens at the Infant School Room, May 28th, 1842 .    The Resolutions petition the Legislature to “prohibit their officers and citizens from interfering to aid slaveholders in seizing and returning fugitive slaves.”  The Resolutions will also ask Congress to repeal the 1793 law, and to secure the right of trial  “to persons claimed as fugitive slaves.”   There was introduced to the meeting a fugitive, who told of his ordeal.  A purse was collected to enable him to reach Victoria’s dominion.