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Twelve Wise Men and What They Did for a Race: Schools of the Freedmen's Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church Brought Down to Date
			


              Twelve Wise Men


  They met in Trinity Methodist Episcopal
Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, over fifty years ago,
and organized a movement to carry the gospel
of enlightenment, uplift, and religion to the
four millions of ex-slaves recently given their
freedom by an Emancipation Proclamation
from Abraham Lincoln, President of the United
States of America. These Freedmen had no
education, no property, and, worse than all,
no experience in taking care of themselves.
They had gained very feeble notions of right
and wrong, and had but distorted visions of
what freedom implied. To a very large num-
ber of them it meant release from the control
of the taskmaster and ability to go where they
chose and do as they pleased. Many of them
thought that the government was going to
provide for them, or that the lands of their
former masters would be divided up among
them, and that hereafter they would have lit-
tle or nothing to do except to enjoy the abun-
dant blessings of a paternal government and
a kindly Providence.

        The Freedmen's Aid Society
  These twelve men organized the Freedmen's
Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
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