Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Benjamin Lay: Abington’s Radical Abolitionist (Circa 1735)

Painting Benjamin Lay, Philadelphia Quaker conducted dramatic protests against slavery in the early days of Philadelphia from the National Gallery of Art.
Image courtesy of the National Gallery of Art

Benjamin Lay, a small, fearless Quaker, conducted dramatic protests against slavery in the early days of Philadelphia.  He confronted Philadelphia’s wealthy Quakers demanding that they free their slaves and boycott items produced by slave labor.  Lay published a scathing book, printed by Benjamin Franklin, that attacked many prominent Quakers, who in turn had the Society formally disown him. Well after his lifetime, the Quakers eventually abolished slavery in their midst. In this presentation, OYRHS Board member, Jim Rubillo will examine the life and times of this remarkable man who has been called the “Quaker Comet.”

7:30PM with light refreshements to follow

Abington Friends Meeting, The Barnes Room
520 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown

Lectures are FREE and open to the public.

The lecture series is sponsored by a grant from the Jenkinstown Lyceum. For more information please call the Old York Road Historical Society at 215–886–8590.