‘Abolition Newspapers and the Power of the Press’ featured Feb. 25 at JustGoods

February 18, 2014

Online Staff Report

Stanley Campbell, director of Rockford Urban Ministries (RUM), will show and tell of his collection of old abolitionist (anti-slavery) newspapers from 1835 to 1865, from the beginning of the abolitionist movement to shortly after the Civil War.

The program, free and open to the public, begins at noon, Tuesday, Feb. 25. A free edition of an authentic abolitionist newspaper will be presented to the first five attendees. The talk will take place in the public listening room of JustGoods Fair Trade Store, 201 Seventh St., Rockford.

The talk “Abolition Newspapers and the Power of the Press” will feature newspapers from 1830 up until 1865, just a few months after the Civil War.

The main anti-slavery newspaper, The Liberator, was published by William Lloyd Garrison and features writings from famous anti-slavery activists of the period including African-American abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

The talk is sponsored by RUM, which also hosts a special sale of civil rights and African-American memorabilia books, LPs and posters, as well as a display of political pins from the civil rights era in honor of Black History Month.

The Black History Month Sale and Display is open through Friday, Feb. 28, during JustGoods’ store hours, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Saturday.

A free-will offering for the work of RUM is appreciated, but not necessary. Proceeds from the sale will help RUM.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information and to donate items, call Campbell at (815) 964-7111.

From the Feb. 19-25, 2014, issue

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