A brief narrative of the struggle for the rights of the Colored people of Philadelphia… : and a defence of William Still… -- Page 1

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Title: A brief narrative of the struggle for the rights of the Colored people of Philadelphia… : and a defence of William Still… -- Page 1
Document Title: A brief narrative of the struggle for the rights of the Colored people of Philadelphia in the city railway cars : and a defence of William Still, relating to his agency touching the passage of the late bill : Read before a large public meeting, held in Liberty Hall, Lombard St. below Eighth, Apr. 8th, 1867.
Author: Still, William, 1821-1902
Date: 1867
Page Transcription:
ADDRESS. Gentlemen and Ladies:— The object which has brought you here to-night is an extraordinary one. As the notices, published in the churches yesterday, announced, it is to hear a statement of facts from William Still and others relative to the Car question, and particularly in regard to the charges that they opposed the passage of the Car Bill. Misrepresented by some and wilfully slandered by others, who for more than a dozen years have been my bitterest enemies, and have spared no pains in order to compass the destruction of my reputation in this city and with the public generally, I feel called upon, for the simple sake of truth and the cause of Equal Rights, to make a defence. While I remember that wicked efforts to blast my reputation have been thus designedly made in the past, without success, I must not now shut my eyes to the fact that the combined agencies now busily at work, without an exposure, might accomplish great mischief. Therefore, in order to frustrate this bold scheme, I feel called upon to invite the attention of this audience to take a glance with me at this Car movement from the beginning, and follow me up to the passage of the glorious bill which gives us our rights. I should forbear doing this, simply to avoid bringing my own name so prominently before you, if the Committee, who profess to have been instrumental in obtaining this long sought for right, were not, with extraordinary exertions and the most foul and untruthful misrepresentations, laboring to impress the public that I am one of the worst enemies of my people, and that I have actually had the hardihood and daring to use my influence, both in this city and with members of the Legislature, against the rights of the colored .people. And, furthermore, that after the bill had passed, it has heen currently reported, that I wrote to Governor Geary urging
African Americans--Civil rights
African Americans--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
Segregation in transportation--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
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Format: image/jp2
Type: Pamphlets
Publisher: Philadelphia / Merrihew & Son, Printers
Physical Description: 1 pamphlet: 22 cm.
Number of Pages: 28
Rights: This material is made available for private study, scholarship, and research use. For access to the original photograph or high-resolution image, please contact the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection (blockson@temple.edu; 215-204-6632).
Language: English
Repository: Temple University Libraries, Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection
Digital Collection: William Still Collection
Digital Publisher: Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Libraries
Document ID: BPHX00002