by Justin Williams
Anti-Slavery groups and their followers
The first abolitionist group was started in in 1688 by 4 Quakers in Germantown near Philadelphia. It was led by Quakers such as Anthony Benezet and John Woolman. The first meeting of the Society for the Relief of free Negros was held in April of 1775 unlawfully in Bondagevii at the rising sun tavern. After 4 Meeting the this society was disbanded . They reorganized in February of 1787 , but this time they had more prominent figures as members such as Benjamin Rush and Benjamin www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part3/3p249.html. William Lloyd Garrison was the first to start a anti-slavery newspaper .www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4p1561.html .Fredrick Douglass was the first black man to speak out against slavery and the dehumanization of slaves[ http://www.biography.com/people/frederick-douglass-9278324 Sojourner Truth was the first black woman to speak out against slavery and the first colored women to speak for women's rights http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/sojourner-truth. The Grimke sisters ,Angelina and Sarah , was the first women to testify against the state legislator on the subject of the treatment of slaves https://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era/slavery-and-anti-slavery/essays/angelina-and-sarah-grimke-abolitionist-sisters. Henry David Thoreau was a strong anti-slavery supporter . Thoreau gave a speech at a anti -slavery rally in Massachusetts on July 4 ,1853 called Slavery In Massachusetts that described what he had seen and heard https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#safe=strict&q=henry+david+thoreau+slavery+. Charles Sumner was a strong supporter of civil rights and anti-slavery http://www.history.com/topics/charles-sumner.