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The Black Man’s Burden


The Horrors of Southern Lynchings

By

Irenas J. Palmer

Michael Goines


Published by Michael Goines at Smashwords

Original copyright: © 1902 Irenas J. Palmer All rights reserved.

Revised by: Michael L. Goines Sr.



Irenas Johnson Palmer: was born on February 20, 1842 in Hinsdale, New York. In 1863, at the age of 21 he went to Boston, Mass. to join the Fifth Regiment Massachusetts Colored Volunteer Cavalry. On December 26, 1863 he was commissioned First Sergeant.

The Fifth Regiment was involved in numerous Civil War battles at Fort Monroe, Appomattox, and Petersburg. In 1864 they were assigned to Point Lookout in Maryland where they guarded Confederate Prisoners. In 1865 they were sent to Texas because there was anticipation of trouble with Mexico.

After the Civil War in November 1865 Mr. Palmer returned to Western New York and settled in Olean, NY where he took up his trade as an Architect and Builder. Mr. Palmer was active in the AME Church, and the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). He was also one of the many unknown civil rights pioneers who spoke out against injustice and the despicable criminal acts of lynching that were imposed upon countless African Americans during his lifetime. This shadow of shame inspired him to write this book in Feb. 1902.

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