Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
On November 25, 1859, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Wrote A Letter Of Support To White Abolitionist, John Brown, Who Was In Prison, After His Unsuccessful Raid On Harper's Ferry, October 16Th, Of The Same Year. Harper Had Met Brown's Wife, Earlier, In Philadelphia, When She Was At The Home Of Abolitionist, Wiliam Still, Awaiting Her Husband's Execution.
The Letter Reads:
Although the hands of Slavery throw a barrier between you and me,and it may not be my privilege to see you in the prison house, Virginia has no bolts or bars through which I dread to send you mysympathy. In the name of the young girl sold from the warm clasp of a mother's arms to the clutches of a lifetime or a profligate,---- in the name of the slave mother, her heart rocked to and fro by the agony of her mournful separations,---- I thank you, that you have been brave enough to reach out your hands to the crushed and blighted of my race. You have rocked the bloody Bastille; and I hope from your sad fate great good may arise to the cause of freedom. Already from your prison has come a shout of triumph against the great sin of our country....... I have written to your dear wife and sent her a few dollars, and I
pledge myself to you that I will continue to assist her....
"In Order For Black History To Live, We Must Continue To Breathe Life Into It." -- Hubert A. Gaddy, Jr.