Feb. 12, 2020

HENRY HIGHLAND GARNET, “LET THE MONSTER PERISH” February 12, 1865

On this date 155 years ago on a chilly Sunday morning,​ a former slave was invited to be the first American of African Descent to speak at the US Capital during a special Sunday Service. The first of the Civil War Amendments had passed Congress and were headed towards the states for ratification. The President was celebrating his birthday while the nation was still enthralled in a confrontation between the Union forces and the Confederacy rebels.

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.

Henry Highland Garnett is a man whose fight against the oppressive forces of chains on our ancestors should ever be forgotten. In my mind a complete wing of Congress should be dedicated to the men and women of color who saved our nation from tyranny. Henry Highland Garnett would be prominently displayed in that wing.