Pennsylvania Abolition Society

The impact on the state of Pennsylvannia

The History of PAS

The Pennsylvania Abolition Society was founded in 1775 at the Rising Sun Tavern in Philadelphia, as a Society for the "Relief for Free Negroes unlawfully held in Bondage." It continues its work through grants to organizations and programs that seek to improve conditions of African Americans throughout Pennsylvania, particularly in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. It maintains a donor-advised fund at The Philadelphia Foundations Additional grants are made from its own endowment.

Education of PAS

Education was the primary concern of the PAS. They needed supporting schools for black children. To do this, they established their own schools and/or lobbied for the admission of black students to the public schools. The first school that was built for blacks was Clarkson Hall. PAS lobbied the Philadelphia Board of Education to open a school for “the education of children of both sexes of indigent persons of color.” The creation of public schools for black children led to the lower enrollment in the Clarkson schools.

Jobs offered by the PAS

They wanted Blacks to do jobs that they were originally assigned on plantations while they were enslaved, like farming and housework.

Tells of people looking for people who are workers.

The people that are looking for help are whites asking for help from either blacks or whites.

Women and young girls 12-15.

Mostly men looking for workers.

Lots of requirements for farmers/house workers.

Talks about the migration of freed slaves from the South to Philadelphia.

Wants to provide jobs and education to these free Africans who desire these.

There are more women and children than there are men.

$1 is charged for employing Africans.

If the job doesn’t feel right for the Africans, their job will be arranged and switched.

Agency will keep track of any change in residences.

The role of the PAS as a labor agent for the newly freed population was to give the Blacks job/workplace offers that best appealed to them and could help pay for their family and residence.

The organization provided job opportunities/workplaces and education for all freed Blacks (child to adult).

Impact of PAS

After 1785, Ben Franklin became elected for the organization's president. The society asked Franklin to bring the matter of slavery to The Constitutional Convention of 1787.In 1790, he petitioned the U.S Congress to ban slavery.

Take Action for the PAS

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