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New Garden Meeting House, a Slave Cabin Illustration, New Garden Boarding School, and Levi Coffin

The background for Levi Coffin is a compilation of John Collins drawings:

Friends' Meeting House at New Garden – North Carolina, 1867.

A Slave Cabin Illustration

New Garden Boarding School

Watercolors by John Collins published in "A Summer Trip to North Carolina.1887." Friends Historical Collection, Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C.

Underground Railroad Terminology

  • Note:
    The following terminology is copied from the National Parks Service website. These are commonly used terms for the people, places, and activities involved with the Underground Railroad.

 

Mission Statement

The Friends Historical Collection at Guilford College provides this LibGuide as a resource to promote understanding and support research on topics relating to Quakers, slavery, anti-slavery efforts, and the Underground Railroad with specific focus on Guilford County and North Carolina connections.

Quaker beliefs regarding slavery

"As a religious society, we have found it to be our indispensable duty, to declare to the world our belief of the repugnancy of slavery to the christian religion. It therefore remains to be our continued concern, to prohibit our members from holding in bondage our fellow men."

Quoted from the North Carolina Yearly Meeting's "The Discipline of Friends" as first printed in 1809. This statement remained unchanged for succeeding publications in 1822,1838, and 1854.

http://docsouth.unc.edu/nc/friends1823/friends.html


For a summary of Quaker beliefs:

See: http://docsouth.unc.edu/nc/friends1823/summary.html


"What is a Quaker?"  Watch this quick 5 minute video and hear from 6 Quakers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I63xA-VZGXw


 

Anti-Slavery Movement

Quakers in the Abolition Movement

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia           

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quakers_in_the_Abolition_Movement

American Colonization Society

Project Credits

Project guide initially created as an independent study by UNC-G LIS graduate student B. Bernetiae Reed in Fall 2014 and maintained by the Friends Historical Collection.