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Name: Richard Johnson
Abolitionist involvement: Richard Johnson had a long history of activism as an abolitionist. By February 1832, he was one of a corps of Negro agents for the early William Lloyd Garrison newspaper 'The Liberator', which worked to dislodge colonization from the abolishionist movement by conforming to the negative attitudes of Negroes toward emigration to Liberia.
In 1865, he was one of six delegates who petitioned President Andrew Johnson to extend martial law in the state of Kentucky. This delegation traveled to Washington to acquaint the new president with the state of affairs in Kentucky and to present him with their petition. As a result of their efforts, martial law was extended until October 1865.
Publication/Reference: Free At Last: A Documentary History of slavery, Freedom, and the Civil War
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