Negro Suffrage, L. Maria Child

July 21, 1865

Writing from Wayland, Child assures readers that people in the little town are “not so far behind the world’s ways as you may think”.   She tells of a recent event on the 4th of July, when returning soldiers were greeted by an appropriate gathering.  She also encourages suffrage:  “I am surprised as well as pleased to find how; many minds see the necessity of negro suffrage; for I am more and more strongly impressed with the idea that it is the only way to save the Republic…”

A meeting was held at Mr. Grime’s Church, Southac Street, at which colored citizens advocate for negro suffrage.