Pennsylvania Abolition Society(PAS)


PAS was originally called the "Pennsylvania Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage". The earliest case they worked on was Dinah Nevill, who had her children sold to a Virginia Slave master. They lost the case in court, but managed to make a legal purchase for 2 of her 3 children.


One primary goals of PAS was to provide education for free African Americans. They helped the parents by offering payment plans for certain schools or offering to teach themselves. Education was valued by the African Americans so they could compete with Whites for Jobs and modernize Post-slavery America.


The other primary objective of PAS was to help Free African Americans get Jobs so they could take care of their families, afford better schooling and increase in Social Class(e.g. Middle Class, Rich, etc.) They created an Employment Circular to help The African Americans find jobs easier.


The PAS had a huge impact on them Free Black Community. Thanks to the efforts, the Free Black Community flourished with education and wealth. They helped the community grow and allowed Free Blacks in Philadelphia to live better lives.

Take Action

If you are interested in the PAS, somethings you can do to make a change is volunteer your time as an educator or higher some of our black workers. We also accept donations to help build the black community. Gardens, Monetary donations, etc. are appreciated.