Black History Month – Douglass Speaks in Dean’s Corner

This morning is the start of start of #BlackHistoryMonth. 
Most likely the most famous orator to ever visit the Town of Saratoga (and we have had a few) was Frederick Douglass. The famed abolitionist orator visited the town of Saratoga in 1849 and spoke at Schuylerville, Quaker Springs, and Dean’s Corners. In 2015, with the support of The William G. Pomeroy Foundation, the Town of Saratoga erected a blue and gold historical marker at Dean’s Corner to recognize Douglass’ speech. 
The African American newspaper, THE NORTH STAR reported on June 22, 1849 
On Saturday, June 9th, I lectured at a school-house, near Dean’s Corners , which was chiefly attended by members of the Society of Friends. Adapting my address to the circumstances of my audience, I referred to the injurious influence exerted by many of the ministers of that Society, in voting for Zachary Taylor, standing aloof from abolitionists and uttering sentiments condemnatory of Anti-Slavery Associations. I instanced the case of NICHOLAS BROWN, a distinguished preacher of theirs, who is reported to have said, that “he had visited in the South, and had seen that the slaves were better provided for, and were better off than the colored people North’ – thus affording aid and comfort to the slaveholder, and steeling his conscience against the appeals of the abolitionist. I alluded also to the remark of the same person, that “abolitionists had better confine their efforts to the colored people at home.” At the close, Mr. A. DORLAND rose and asked me to explain. He said that I had misrepresented Nicholas Brown. He had seen Mr. Brown, and had received from him a different version of the statement. It was not that the slaves at the South were better off than the free colored people of the North, but than the free colored people of Philadelphia. In reply to Mr. Dorland, I stated the notorious fact, (which seemed to cover with confusion the praters [?] about the degradation of the free colored people of Philadelphia) that they not only supported their own poor, but paid annually $500 towards supporting the white paupers in that city.

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