First antislavery society in the colonies organized in Philadelphia

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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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