Printed broadside, 5.625 x 13.75 in., The Colored Silver Tongued Orator and Humorist. Boston: Geo. E. Crosby & Co., n.d., circa late 1880s. A printed portrait of Reverend John H. Hector of San Francisco is featured between text advertising a lecture to be given by him on the evening of October 31st at Clinton Town Hall. Below, press notices describe the success of similar events across the country, including an excerpt from the San Francisco Daily Examiner, reports: "Mr. Hector's lecture sparkled with the most genuine humor, interspersed with pathetic descriptions of scenes in the life of his parents, their escape from slavery by the Abolitionists' 'underground railroad' to Canada, and his own experience as a boy after the death of his father and mother on the same day of cholera. The dramatic action of the speaker and the naivete with which he detailed his own experiences up to the time when he blackened one of Sherman's boots and left the other 'unshined' before the battle of Shilon [sic] were irresistible."
John H. Hector (d. 1914) was a notable speaker and Civil War veteran who served as pastor of AME Zion Church in York, Pennsylvania from 1883-1884, moving from there to Washington, DC, and from there to California in around 1887 before returning to York in 1890. Likely while in California, Hector made the acquaintance of Jason Brown, the son of legendary Abolitionist and martyr, John Brown. Jason Brown joined Hector for several speaking engagements in 1891, recounting moments from his childhood in Kansas amidst the Jayhawkers along and with the critical events at Harper's Ferry.
Broadside with light spotting, a few tears at edges, some creasing, and several unrelated pencil markings (mathematical equations) on verso along with collection/inventory numbers/codes along upper edge.
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