Feb. 12, 2019

HENRY HIGHLAND GARNET, “LET THE MONSTER PERISH”

On this date 154 years on a chilly Sunday morning,​ a former slave was invited to be the first American of African Descent to speak at the US Capital, Henry Highland Garnet, pastor of the Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. The sermon "Let The Monster Perish" was a celebration of the recent passage of the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution abolishing slavery by the US House of Representatives. So, on this day in honor of that historic speech The Blackman Who Reads Aloud will​ deliver the words spoken by Henry Highland Garnet to that body of elected officials and honored guests.