First antislavery society in the colonies organized in Philadelphia (49 words)

Historical Context Note


On the 14th of April, 1775 Philadelphia's Quakers founded 'The Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage', the colonies' first anti-slavery society. It would later become known as the 'Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery' (PAS), and in 1787 Benjamin Franklin became its honorary president.

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