Freedmen’s convention sparked desire for equal rights – Rocky Mount Telegram


The Political Agitator’s response: This is some kind of interesting!

Sept. 16 marked 150 years since over 1,500 African-Americans, most of whom were just five months freed from slavery, gathered in a mass meeting in Tarboro to elect Edgecombe County delegates to a statewide Freedmen’s Convention that convened Sept. 29, 1865 in Raleigh.

In August 1865, a mass meeting of African-Americans in New Bern appointed a committee led by Abraham Galloway, a runaway slave and former spy for the Union army, to issue a call for a statewide convention of freed people.

They called on African-Americans to gather in each county and elect delegates to the Raleigh convention. Edgecombe County was one of 10 counties where mass meetings to elect delegates were held. (Source: Read more)

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