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Manumission Society of Tennessee

The Manumission Society of Tennessee was organized on February 25, 1815 in Jefferson County. Within a year the society had branches around the entire state. Delegates around the state were expected to meet once a month and the entire membership was expected openly advertise and support the organization. In 1820, member Elihu Embree began publishing the Emancipator, America’s first newspaper devoted entirely to the abolition of slavery.

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