The American Missionary — Volume 42, No. 07, July 1888 eBook

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I endeavored when I first came to L——­, to arouse an interest in temperance work among the people.  I visited members of the white W.C.T.U.  They assured me of their interest, and a Y.W.C.T.U.  No. 2 was organized among the colored women.  They were not anxious to be associated with the whites, but when the whites insisted that the name given them should be changed to Colored Y.W.C.T.U., the colored women refused, and the Union disbanded, since which time it has been impossible to arouse among them an interest in organized temperance work, much as it is needed.  Colored women would not be admitted as members of a white Union.

{pg 217} WILMINGTON, N.C.

We have a Temperance Society of about eighty members, and a Band of Hope of one hundred and sixty members, no W.C.T.U., and if there were, it could not have any co-operation with the white societies.  Colored members would not be admitted to white societies.


When, last November, Atlanta voted to bring the deadly saloon back to our quiet streets, she brought also startling revelations of woman’s power.  We are accustomed to the refrain of “woman’s sceptre,” &c., with all its dulcet variations, but the wild threats of deluded wives if their sons or husbands voted for prohibition was a hitherto unheard of “wail from the inferno.”  Many an earnest Atlanta woman dates her re-consecration to the temperance cause from that awful Saturday night when her frenzied sisters in the public streets joined in the Bacchanalian revelries over the return of their cruel foe.  Woman’s Christian Temperance Unions at once sprang up in various parts of the city.  So much has been done by colored women here, I feel that other A.M.A. centres may be encouraged by an account of it.

The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of East Atlanta, formed in 1885, is an inspiring gathering to visit, with a membership over fifty, and the programme of weekly meetings full and interesting.  There are three female physicians in the city who cheerfully address the Union when desired.  The pastor of the First Congregational Church, once a month, gives up the mid-week prayer meeting entirely into the hands of this Union.  Last week at the close of one of these meetings, a young man told his sister it was the best prayer meeting he ever attended in his life.  The Temperance Catechism has been thoroughly taught and illustrated.  Committees of women are appointed to visit homes and solicit members or attendance on the Union.  At the close of the meetings the women have access to a box of leaflets on social purity, training of children, &c., which they read and return.

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