Nell Irvin Painter – No Dissuading Freedpeople

Once the Kansas Fever idea gained a considerable following, ministers dared not express their own misgivings or convey the reservations of Exodusters who had gone to Kansas and now counseled others at home to wait. The Reverend Mr. Middleton of the Mount Hebron Baptist Church in Vicksburg would not read letters counseling patience from the pulpit, because “the members of his congregation would not like it. They were impatient and angry at everybody who tried to interfere with them.”20

  • 20 Chicago Daily Tribune, May 2, 1879
  • P.189, Exodusters – Nell Irvin Painter, ISBN 0-393-00951-3



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