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1688 Anti-slavery petition rediscovered

From The Mennonite Weekly Review:

The manuscript of the first protest against slavery in North America — written in Germantown in 1688 by a group that included Quakers and former Mennonites — has been rediscovered more than 50 years after it was last seen.
The document was uncovered this spring in the vault at the Arch Street Friends Meetinghouse in downtown Philadelphia, according to Randy Nyce, director of the Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust.

One response to “1688 Anti-slavery petition rediscovered

  1. B.K. Uptagrafft June 19, 2006 at 3:48 pm

    I am a direct descendent of DERICK UP DE GRAEFF AND ABRAHAM OP DEN GRAEF, two of the people who signed this document. What must I do to receive a copy of this document?
    B.K. Uptagrafft
    Camano Island, WA
    (360) 387-5475

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