RELIGION AT THE CLOSE OF THE WAR. 97
Bible on the ground of consistency, what could he
have expected of us, the colored Baptists who hadn't
a half of a chance ?
At any rate we felt that we were justified in com¬
ing out and forming a separate organization.
Accordingly, a convention of the colored Baptists
of Richmond and vicinity, was called, for the pur¬
pose of considering plans of permanent organization.
The meeting convened in the Ebenezer Church, of
which I was the pastor, and formed themselves into
what is known as the Shiloh Baptist Association of
Virginia. Your humble servant was chosen as the
first president, and John Oliver, the secretary. The
said John Oliver was formerly of Boston, but went
South immediately at the close of the war, and ren¬
dered much service for his people. I am proud to
say that this Association has been productive of
much good among the colored Baptists of Virginia.
The question may be asked, how was I treated in
Richmond by the local white people during my stay
there of nearly five years ? In part answer to such
a query I would say, that I was treated as well as
could be expected under the circumstances. Of
course there was a bitter feeling against all persons
who hailed from the North, whether they were black
or white. And naturally, I came in for my share.
Doubtless, a few incidents will better illustrate this
point, than I can describe it in language.
On account of the active interest I took in my
people, there were some who were inclined to look