Female Benevolent Firm

January 23, 1852

“This is the title of an association, which was organized in Boston, last year, by some of the most enterprising colored women, for mutual aid and advantage, in case of sickness and misfortune.  More than a hundred members belong to it, and it promises to be great utility.”   There follow excerpts from a speech by W. J. Watkins, a young man of color. The meeting was at the Belknap Street Meeting House, then adjourned to another place for a soiree, at which both Garrison and Parker Pillsbury spoke.