This week 183 years ago on November 7, 1837, Elijah Parish Lovejoy was killed by a pro-slavery mob in Illinois while defending the press he used to print his anti-slavery newspaper "The Saint Louis Observer."
After the murder of Rev. Lovejoy, the Anti Slavery Society of Groton met and resolved that "the horrible tragedy recently enacted at Alton in the state of Illinois calls for an expression of indignant rebuke from every man...the time has arrived when silence in relation to slavery is eminently criminal..."
In it's Collection, the Groton History Center has a book of records of the Anti Slavery Society of Groton created in 1834 to "adopt the principle that man cannot hold property in man, and that it is the duty of all men to unite their efforts in the use of appropriate means to obtain the immediate abolition of slavery without the expatriation of the enslaved." 115 Groton men's names followed the drafting of the organization's Constitution. The book contains records of the group's quarterly meetings until 1842.
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