The story of Emanuel Smith, narrated at this stop, makes reference to the assistance Mr. Smith requested from the American Missionary Association after the Civil War. This was a Protestant, bi-racial, abolitionist group founded in Albany, NY in 1846. Their main purposes were the abolition of slavery, the promotion of racial equality and the education of African Americans – as well as the dissemination of Christian values. The AMA played a prominent role during the Reconstruction era in founding over 500 schools and colleges for African Americans and in paying the salaries of teachers in those institutions.
Charles Pratt, believed to be Clara Abner’s “master,” was a merchant from the northeast – just as Thomas Orman was. Visit the antebellum Orman House at 177 5th Street, Wednesday through Monday, 10 to 4.