Missionaries tell Broad Ax of kind treatment by Black Americans in South.

May 9, 1899
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Broad Ax
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"Mormon Missionaries in the South," Broad Ax 4, no. 37 (May 9, 1899): 1

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Four or five missionaries belonging to the Mormon church, who have lately returned from their labors in the South inform us, that if it had not been for the kindly treatment whi h they received from the hands of the Negros they would have been compelled to have gone without food and a place to rest their weary bones at night, as the whites, or the members of their own race whom they were endeavoring to convert to the true gospel, were so hostile and unfriendly to them, that they would not extend to them the common courtesies and civilities of life. In this connection we might also add that we have received several letters from missionaries whom we are aquainted with and they deplore the cruel treatment which is accorded to the most law-abiding Negroes by the whites residing in the localities where they are engaged in their spiritual labors. This shows that the Negro is not as black by any means as he is painted, and that he is willing to administer to the comforts of those, and who are fearful to raise their voices in his behalf, owing to the intense prejudice, which prevails against the Negro. We commend the good action of the members of our race toward the Mormon missionaries, and in return for this kind treatment, we believe it is the bounden duty of the missionaries to publicly plead the cause of the Negro, even though they are spat upon and have to suffer agony and death.

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