On the 23rd of Nov., 1886, he was invited to de¬
liver the opening address before the Annual Fair of
the "Eastern Stock and Industrial Association"
(colored), held at Goldsboro, N. C. On arriving at
Goldsboro on the 22nd, he was met at the depot by
the secretary, and on the next day was escorted to
the Fair grounds, where he met a very large and
appreciative audience. Below is found an extract
from the speech delivered on that occasion.
Subject:—THE NEGRO AS A CITIZEN.
Friends, Fellow-Citizens, Ladies and Gentlemen:—My
presence here to day tells you that I appreciate the great
honor which you have bestowed upon me, by your solicita¬
tion of me for this momentous occasion.
I appreciate it first, because it comes from a race of peo¬
ple with which God in eternity identified me, the ability and
greatness of which I am truly proud.
I appreciate it secondly, because it comes from the State
on whose soil my mother gave me birth in 1861, about the
time when Almighty God was making ready to shake the
fetters of slavery from about four million human souls, by
baptizing the South in blood and taking away the very
armor in which she trusted, whose citizens I love as
I appreciate it thirdly, because it calls upon me, God's
humble servant, to give tribute to a people who twenty-
three years ago shook off slavery chains, walked out of the
house of bondage into the glorious field of freedom and
liberty and have outstripped the last vestige of their horrible
depression and shame, and now stand side by side with all
other races of the earth in civilization, playing with credit