Railroad Discrimination

October 7, 1842

An item from New Bedford, Sept 26, signed by Henry Hurd, describes an incident of discrimination against Mr. Richard Johnson and daughter, at “the depot of the New Bedford and Taunton branch road”.  He claims that there is a “wealthy Quaker and director of that road” ….. “I wonder whether the illustrious Penn, if he were alive, would sanction such proceedings. ….. Words are not powerful enough to express my indignation at such outrageous proceedings —- When, in the name of outraged humanity, I ask, will these proceedings cease to exist?”