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272 A COLORED EADY LECTURER.
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¦ " Separate churches and _scliools for colored persons are an immense disadvantage to the descendants of the African raceand a great
drawback to their elevation . They are based completel , y on prejudice against color , the legitimate offspring of American slavery ,
and it is to be regretted that many "well-wishers to the colored race assist in sustaining them . I never knew a pro-slavery , . man - or
woman who did not do all they could to encourage and keep up separate schools and churches , enforcing at the same time the idea
that God intended such distinction to be made . There is a refinement of cruelty in the treatment of . this class of personsrather
difficult to describe to those who have never seen the working , of prejudice against color . The more intelligence and refinement
they possess , the more liable they are to insult . The chivalry of America seems to take immense satisfaction in insulting those
who will feel it the most keenly . It is , in fact , considered presuming for any colored man or woman to demand their just rihts . In
New York , Philadelphia , and other cities , they are excluded g from public hotels , and are not allowed to ride in an omnibus . In
Philadelphia the managers of one of the finest halls have an established rule that on no public occasion shall any colored erson be
admitted . Men , women , and children have been obliged to p remain on the decks of steam-boats all night travelling from Newport and
Providence to New York , the coldest nights in winter ; and an intimate personal friend of mine took cold on one of these boats , and
was the victim of consumption in consequence . Again and again persons have been ordered from places of amusement , and in some
instances forcibly taken out . I was myself forcibly removed froni the Howard Athenaeumin the city of Bostonand my arm injured ;
and after this , on the , public bills could be , seen announced that colored persons could only be admitted to a particular part of the
house . The press of Boston , as a rule , encouraged this proscription , and one of the leading papers put forth an elaborate article , in
every way worthy of the spirit of hatred , against a _, race guilty of no crime , but having a complexion which identifies them with a
proscribed race . " In the meantime we had returned to our native town . I had now
reached an age when my services were more required at home , as every member , of the family was expected to contribute a share
towards the general -whole . "We left Newport with some regret . The colored population was of an elevated characterand for
industry , morality , and native intellect , would compare , favorably with any class in the community . Our social relations had been pleasant ,
and the natural beauties of Newport were most enchanting . Although I had few leisure hours , I read more or less daily .
Our home was constantly supplied with the best daily and weekly newspapers , and I could obtain from public libraries , and
often , from the _23 rivate libraries of friends , some of the best English and American literature . These were resources of which
272 A Colored Eady Lecturer.
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