A brief narrative of the struggle for the rights of the Colored people of Philadelphia… : and a defence of William Still… -- Page 5

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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 5
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:
mittee was appointed to draw up a petition in favor of our rights in the cars, and to use exertions to get signatures thereto, and afterward to appear before the Board of Presidents personally and present it with an appeal. The committee consisted of S. M. Smith, J. C. Wears, Rev. J, C. Gibbs and Wm. Still. On motion of J. C. White, Sr., I was appointed chairman of the Car Committee. Many months were engaged, as far as time would allow, day or night, in presenting the petition and advocating our claims to equal rights. The merchant in his counting-house, the minister in his sanctum, the judge on the bench, the lawyer in his office, members of Congress, bankers, presidents of railways, and editors of secular and religious papers, were called on largely. Perhaps not less than one thousand visits were made to these different classes, with the petition for the rights which we now enjoy. Some hundreds of such names alluded to, after much hard labor, were reported to the Executive Committee, and the time drew near for the presentation of it to the Board of Presidents. It was decided advisable, before doing so, that an interview should first be had with the Presidents, that they might receive direct evidence of earnestness from the Committee, and prepare themselves for our appearance before the Board. Two alone, out of some eighteen or twenty, signed it; two or three others expressed themselves in favor of the petition, but did not sign. A touching incident relative to one on his dying bed, will never be forgotten. Although his voice was so far gone with extreme illness that it was hardly possible for him to make himself audible, he nevertheless received me in his sick chamber, and would have me present it to him, and assured me that the clerk of his road should be instructed to vote for it; that he had himself two or three times brought up the subject of our rights at different Board meetings, but, having no petition, he was not sustained ; but he hoped we would be successful. Mr. W. W. Wright, the President of the Market Street road, was the one here alluded to. By the consent of the President of the Board of Presidents, a
African Americans--Civil rights
African Americans--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
Segregation in transportation--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
Cover title.
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