Garnet's Orations

Rev. Henry Highland Garnet

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. "Rev. Henry Highland Garnet." New York Public Library Digital Collections


Derrick Spires in his essay, “‘Flights of Fancy’: Rereading Henry Highland Garnet’s ‘Address to the Slaves’ through Reception History and Print Culture” deploys reader response theory in order to unearth new methods to read Henry Highland Garnet’s original “An Address to the Slaves of the United States” recited and performed at the 1843 Buffalo National Colored Convention. Using reader reception, this page is designed to construct a narrative from various points of view, which influence the way we read the archival absence surrounding Garnet’s oral recitation. The exhibit utilizes the 1843 convention minutes to read Garnet’s original oration, while simultaneously elaborating voting trends at the conventions and newspaper responses that also give us insight into Garnet’s original address.