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W.H. Gibson

W.H. Gibson

“SYSTEM OF PATROLLING, AS IT WAS CALLED, BY POLICEMEN”

“It was an iniquitous system during those days of horror, It was customary for three or four of those guardians of the night to visit the houses of free families at midnight, search their houses, uncover females in their beds, and ask for runaway slaves, or negroes from free States here in contravention of the laws of the State. We have known instances, when such persons were found, in which they were imprisoned, fined heavily, or ordered to leave the State. These occurrences were immediately reported to our ministers of those days, and they would console their congregations by requesting fasting and prayer, especially on Fridays, for deliverance. You who read this history can judge whether their prayers were answered.”

(SOURCE: The Semi-Centennial Public Career W. H. Gibson, Sr. in his History Of The United Brothers Of Friendship…, Louisville, KY: Printed By The Bradley & Gilbert Company, I897, p. 36.)

English: YMCA on Broadway, Louisville KY

English: YMCA on Broadway, Louisville KY (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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