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George T. Downing Papers

Scope & content

The bulk of the collection relates to Downing’s interest in civil rights. There are several letters to him from prominent New England politicians, as well as letters to others fighting for racial equality. Among them is a letter of support from Ambrose E. Burnside. (While the letter does not identify a specific issue, given its date and creator, one can assume it concerns Downing’s efforts to desegregate schools.) Another letter of note comes from William Lloyd Garrison regarding the Haitian emigration scheme.