Perhaps the single worst day in the history of Charlton Street Manhattan New York was July 10, 1834, when Charlton Street was overrun by a racist mob seeking to harm the Rev. Samuel H. Cox, who lived at 3 Charlton.
Cox was an abolitionist in an era when abolitionists were viewed as radicals and troublemakers. Days before the mob invaded Charlton Street, he had preached that Americans should have sympathy for the plight of slaves because Jesus "was a colored manů probably of a dark Syrian hue," a description that infuriated many whites. Newspapers accused Cox, who was himself white, of seeking social equality for blacks in order to promote interracial sex and marriage. As tensions mounted, a white mob attacked an abolitionist meeting on Chatham Street on July 9. The following day, rioters smashed the windows of Cox‟s church on Laight Street and swept north to Charlton, barricading the street and breaking into his house. Fortunately, Cox and his family had fled, but the rioters looted the house and returned the next morning to loot it again. Mob violence continued throughout Lower Manhattan for three days, targeting the homes, churches, and shops of blacks and abolitionists. Shaken by these events, Cox moved upstate to teach theology.
Created by: Lorenzo Brieba
Record added: Aug 27, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75566082
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