African American Quotations

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2013. The soul of one man cannot by human law be made the property of another. The owner of a slave is the owner of a living corpse, but he is not the owner of a man.

John Quincy Adams U.S. President

2014. Vile habits acquired in a state of servitude are not easily thrown off.

Richard Allen, 1760-1831 AME Church founder

2015. We have had a recent arrival from the land of chains and whips, where the image of the Divine Being is bought and sold. But, thank the good Lord! when he arrived at our office, we, at once, recognized him as a man and a brother.

Johiel C. Beman, 1789-1858 Minister

2016. This was a southern auction, at which the bones, muscles, sinews, blood, and nerves of a young lady of 16 were sold for 500 dollars; her moral character for 200; her improved intellect for 100; her Christianity for 400; and her chastity and virtue for 300 dollars more, And this, too, in a city thronged with churches, whose tall spires look like so many signals pointing to heaven, and whose ministers preach that slavery is a God-ordained institution.

William Wells Brown, 1815-1884 Writer

2017. When I was a child, my owner saw what he considered to be a good business deal and immediately accepted it. He traded me off for a horse.

George Washington Carver, 1864?-1943 Inventor

2018. Even the good part was awful.

Lucille Clifton, 1935- Poet


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