A brief narrative of the struggle for the rights of the Colored people of Philadelphia… : and a defence of William Still… -- Page 2

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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 2
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:
him not to sign it; that it was unsatisfactory to me in that the bill admitted all; whereas, it is said that I was only in favor of admitting a few, such as " Stephen Smith, Mr. Vidal, Professor Basset," &c. In addition hereto, it must be remembered by all present in this Hall on the night of the meeting to hear the Report of the Forten Committee, that it was very positively asserted that particularly Senator Lowry, John S. Mann and others, contending for our rights in the Legislature, strongly denounced our conduct and branded us as "base enemies of our race, who richly deserved to be driven from the community that we disgraced," &c. Now, as strange as it may seem, it is useless to deny the fact that the evil design of that meeting has had very pernicious effects with quite a considerable number, and were the malicious reports allowed to pass without successful contradiction and refutation, it would be difficult to forsee the mischief that might grow therefrom. Indeed, it was obvious enough at the meeting that it would require, under existing excitement, but very little more effort to produce the most disgraceful scenes. I allude to the fact that, while the severest criminations were made against Mr. Vidal, Lt. Geo. E. Stevens, myself, &c, we were not permitted a fair opportunity to repel and refute these charges. While we were attempting to speak, even while standing on our feet, motions were put by the chairman time and again and we were compelled to submit. Besides, as we would attempt to speak, such insulting remarks as these were frequently made use of: " Put him down!" " Kill him!" " There will be a funeral at the coal yard now!" " Turn him out!" &c. Therefore, in view of all these facts, will any reasonable man blame me for bringing the truth out fully, touching this whole Car movement ? Truth certainly fears no investigation. Ordinarily, I admit that it is an unnecessary waste of time for one who has done his duty to stop to chase down malicious reports circulated against him. But in this instance duty clearly seems to forbid silence. It seems but proper that the charges made should be at once met. My direct connection with the advocacy of the rights of
Subject:
African Americans--Civil rights
African Americans--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
Street-railroads--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