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An excerpt from a speech by Henry McNeal Turner in Macon, Georgia on April 19, 1870 regarding the benefits of the Fifteenth Amendment.

Henry McNeal Turner was a religious and political leader among Georgia’s African American community during Reconstruction. Turner served as a chaplain to black regiments during the Civil War and was elected to Georgia’s state assembly as a representative in 1868, though he and other other black elected officials were soon expelled from their seats by white Republicans and Democrats.