The Massachusetts General Colored Association was the most advanced black civil rights organization of its day. In 1830, the MGCA backed a protest against segregated pews in Boston s Park Street Church, an event that provided a crucial opening for the alliance between black abolitionists and William Lloyd Garrison s New England Anti Slavery Society.


William J. Snelling, in an 1833 speech before the New England Anti-Slavery Society, quoted in Richard S. Newman, The Transformation of American Abolitionism: Fighting Slavery in the Early Republic(Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002), p. 121.

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