Emancipation Meeting, New Bedford

January 16, 1863

This is an account of a meeting, in New Bedford, on January 1st, held under the auspices of the colored clergy.  Resolutions express support and joy at the Proclamation.  One resolution includes, “we would also remember, with heartfelt gratitude to God, the name of William Lloyd Garrison, whose unwearied exertions and self-sacrifices, with those of his noble coadjutors, have been chiefly instrumental in bringing about the present hopeful crisis in the cause of human freedom.”