Wendell Phillips speaking about Thomas Sims
from the African American Mosaic:

The illustration is from a popular nineteenth-century publication. It shows reformer Wendell Phillips (1811-1884) addressing an April 11,1851 meeting to protest the case of Thomas Sims, a fugitive slave being tried in Boston. A fiery and persuasive orator,
Phillips was a member of the Boston Committee of Vigilance that tried to prevent Sims from being returned to slavery. The attempts failed and on April 13, United States marshals marched Sims to a ship that returned him to Savannah, where he was publicly whipped.

Anti-Slavery Meeting on the [Boston] Common From Gleason's Pictorial, May 3, 1851. Courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

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