Moncure Daniel Conway

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Moncure Daniel Conway

The Burns Case solidified abolitionist beliefs, including that of Stafford’s Moncure Daniel Conway.  Conway had known “Tony” Burns in Falmouth and his views soon caused him to become a leading national spokesman for immediate emancipation. Conway’s writings shed unique light on slavery and its harmful effects on blacks and whites alike.  Since Conway grew up in a slave-holding family, insider knowledge of the slaveholder society was devastating, and he could not easily be dismissed by Southerners. He was threatened by “tar and feathers” and lynching if he returned to Stafford.  This Southern Abolitionist was no longer welcome in his home community.  (Image: Library of Congress)