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"Funeral Procession," Richmond Dispatch (June 7, 1854)

A notice in the Richmond Dispatch, published on June 7, 1854, describes the funeral of Joseph Abrams, an African American Baptist minister.

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Funeral Procession.—The funeral of Joseph Abrams (colored), at the African Church yesterday, is supposed to have been the largest which ever took place in the city. The estimated number in and about the church was put down at 8,000. Over 50 carriages followed the corpse to the grave.—The sermon was preached by the Rev. Mr. Brice, who now resides in Kentucky, and who, many years ago, was pastor of this church.