Eulogy of George Washington (1799)

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On Sunday, December 29, 1799, former slave Bishop Richard Allen delivered the eulogy of George Washington to the congregation of Philadelphia’s African Methodist Episcopal Church. Within this gathering were free and enslaved African Americans, including William “Billy” Lee. Of the 317 people enslaved by Washington, Lee was the only one freed upon Washington’s death. This text is for 9th-12th grade students.

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