1 72 A SCHOOL HISTORY OF THE
putable piece of history, I do so only by way of ad¬
monition, and not to question the well-attested gal¬
lantry of the true Kentuckian, and to suggest to the
gentleman that he should not flaunt his heraldry so
proudly while he bears this bar-sinister on the mili¬
tary escutcheon of his State—a State which answered
the call of the Republic in 1861, when treason thun¬
dered at the very gates of the capital, by coldly de¬
claring her neutrality in the impending struggle.
The Negro, true to that patriotism that has ever
characterized and marked his history, came to the
aid of the Government in its efforts to maintain the
Constitution. To that Government he now appeals ;
that Constitution he now invokes for protection
against unjust prejudices founded upon caste."
William Wells Brown, Esq., was born of
slave parents; he escaped to the North and so im¬
proved his time from then on, until he is now known
to the world as M.D.; historian of the Negro race,
lecturer and author.
Rev. D. A. Payne, D.D., LL.D., is the oldest
bishop of the A. M. E. Church, also its true, tried
friend. He is a great educator, and has the Negro's
best interests at heart; many generous and noble
deeds has he done for his race; he is the scholar
and reverenced father of the A. M. E. Church.
Rev. William T. Dixon, the pastor of Concord
Baptist Church, greatly deserves notice. Rev. Dixon