BISHOP ATTICUS G. HAYGOOD. 133
heart responds to kindness and unselfish devotion, so
long shall we remember thee and love thee!
He lived to see Negro education a cheerfully ac¬
cepted fact in the South—a thing regarded necessary
to the welfare and development of both races. He
died and left the South discussing, not the question,
Shall the Negro be educated? but, How shall he be
educated so as to fit him best for the duties and re¬
sponsibilities of American citizenship?
In the death of Bishop Haygood the nation has sus¬
tained a great loss. Influential in the church, influ¬
ential in the cause of education, he was no less in¬
fluential as a peacemaker between estranged brethren.
Coming upon the stage of action at a time when sec¬
tional rancor wTas intense, when there stood confront¬
ing each other a "solid North " and a " solid South,"
he at once became the golden clasp that, spanning the
dismal chasm, drew nearer together these defiant and
frowning solids. His memorable Thanksgiving ser¬
mon, preached November 25, 1880, went through
this land like the dove bearing the olive branch of
peace and reconciliation to brethren tossed on the
turbulent waves of sectional strife. Both sections of
■country immediately recognized in him a man entirely