Happy birthday, Henry Highland Garnet (Dec. 23, 1815 – Feb. 13, 1882)! #Presbyterian minister.#Abolitionist. Educator. Orator. An intellectual and an agitator. Openly advocated for African-Americans to take action to create their own destinies. In August 1843 he delivered an incendiary speech at the National Negro Convention in Buffalo, New York. The speech was variously known as “An Address to the Slaves of the United States” and/or “A Call to Rebellion.” Garnet’s militancy was too extreme even for Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison. By 1849, Garnet was supporting emigration of African-Americans to Mexico, Liberia, or the West Indies. From 1864 to 1866 he served as pastor of the Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. He also served as pastor of Shiloh Presbyterian Church in New York City (now St. James Presbyterian in Harlem). Died in Liberia. Buried in Palm Grove Cemetery, Monrovia, Liberia.
~The Marginal Mennonite Society Heroes Series.