Former Slaves Capable of Economic Viability


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Former Slaves Capable of Economic Viability

After situating the former Conway slaves in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Moncure Conway traveled to Boston.   He had speaking engagements along the way and visits with abolitionist activists Samuel Gridley Howe (shown above) and Julia Ward Howe (author of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”).

Since Moncure was clearly astonished and impressed with the former Conway slaves economic viability that he witnessed in Georgetown, Conway must have communicated this discovery to the Howes.

Samuel Gridley Howe was appointed in March 1863 to the American Freedmen’s Inquiry Commission, which conducted extensive interviews and concluded African Americans were fully capable of economic viability throughout the land.