Reconstruction Period Research Forum
Alexandria, Virginia 1865
Greetings Reconstruction Researchers:
The URL below will take you to "An address to the Loyal Citizens and Congress of the United States of America adopted by a convention of Negroes held in Alexandria, Virginia, from August 2 to 5, 1865."
The voice of the survivors of slavery is embodied in its clear prose. It reminds the American government of their loyalty by citing the valor of the US Colored Troops in the Civil War:
"When the contest waxed long, and the result hung doubtfully, you appealed to us for help, and how well we answered is written in the rosters of the two hundred thousand colored troops now enrolled in your service; and as to our undying devotion to your cause, let the uniform acclamation of escaped prisoners, "whenever we saw a black face we felt sure of a friend," answer."
This address defies the stereotypic image of passive and unsuspecting African Americans duped and used by Northern carpetbaggers. Instead each word tells us that Blacks proudly underlined their American heritage and their right to full citizenship.
Enjoy their words!
K Wyer Lane