American Colonization Society Hall

Title

American Colonization Society Hall

Description

The American Colonization Society was a national organization founded in 1817. Its purpose was to encourage the migration of free African Americans and formerly enslaved Africans to Africa. Members of the Society saw this plan both as a way to encourage slave owners to free their slaves and to give free black Americans a way to escape the inequality they experienced in the US. The Society was responsible for sending 6,000 black Americans to Liberia between 1821 and 1867. The organization had a permanent office on the Mall from 1860 until the building was razed in 1930.

Source

The Historical Society of Washington, DC. View Original.

Date

1860-1930

Coverage

Physical Description

Four story brick building.

Location

The southwest corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 4 1/2 Street NW, now Constitution and 4th Street NW.

Description

The American Colonization Society was a national organization founded in 1817. Its purpose was to encourage the migration of free African Americans and formerly enslaved Africans to Africa. Members of the Society saw this plan both as a way to encourage slave owners to free their slaves and to give free black Americans a way to escape the inequality they experienced in the US. The Society was responsible for sending 6,000 black Americans to Liberia between 1821 and 1867. The organization had a permanent office on the Mall from 1860 until the building was razed in 1930.

Creator

I. Cranford Nielson

Date

1860-1930

Coverage

1860-1889

Source

The Historical Society of Washington, DC. View Original.