Founded in 1815 by Abolitionist Benjamin Lundy, the Union Humane Society was the first abolitionist society organized in the United States of America.

According to Henry Noble Sherwood the Union Humane Society adhered to the sentiment of deportation for Negroes:

Two planks in the program of the Society are noteworthy: first, it emphasized the necessity of common action by all forces interested in the amelioration of the Negro race; and, second, it recommended as a basis for common action the removal of the Negroes beyond the pale of the white man.
The first meeting of the Union Humane Society held in a building in St. Clairsville, Ohio drew a crowd of six. According to an article by R. H. Taneyhill in J. A. Caldwell's History of Belmont and Jefferson Counties, membership grew to 400 within six months.

It was through the Union Humane Society that William Lloyd Garrison met Benjamin Lundy.


Living history (an article by Betty J. Pokas):
The Anti-Slavery Crusade (a book by Jesse Macy):
The Formation of the American Colonization Society (a book by Henry Noble Sherwood]):

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