Henry Highland Garnet (1815-1882)

Henry Highland Garnet was born a slave in Maryland. Henry escaped from slavery with his parents and seven siblings in 1824. He was active in the black state convention movement, harbored fugitive slaves, and supported the free produce movement, which advocated boycotting all products made by slave labor. Garnet achieved particular notoriety for a speech he delivered at the 1843 black national convention, where he counseled, "Hereditary bondsmen, know ye not, who would be free, themselves must strike the blow!" In 1865 he became the first African-American to preach a sermon in the White House. He was appointed U.S. minister to Liberia in 1881, Garnet died there the following year.

1865 circa 5 years
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