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An emigration plan of a different kind was brewing among the African American community. In August 1854, the National Emigration Convention met for three days in Cleveland. Allegheny County accounted for the largest delegation at the meeting where only a plan for the departure of African American from the U.S. was discussed. The convention would settle on Africa as a place of emigration and send Martin Delany and three others to Yorubaland in the Oyo State of present day Nigeria to negotiate land leases with the chiefs of the Abeokuta. Leaders of the Pittsburgh underground were counted among the Emigration Convention members including William Webb, Samuel Bruce, Thomas Brown, Amelia Freeman, Charles Nighten, and Nimrod Dimmy. Each of these delegates played an important role in the organizing of the movement leading up to the Civil War.

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Those Pittsburghers not involved with emigration continued to support the growth and development of the local African American community. Philanthropist Charles Avery provided financial support to religious and educational development of African Americans. He founded, funded, and taught at the Allegheny Institute beginning in 1849. Barbershop and Bath House owner John B. Vashon, who had spent decades fighting for the anti-slavery cause, died in 1853, a casualty of the Cholera epidemic. Lewis Woodson and John Peck were contributing letters to various newspapers including the Liberator, Colored American, and Frederick Douglass' Paper providing their perspective of the conditions placed on African Americans. Meanwhile, George Vashon would return to Pittsburgh and become principal of the African American public school in addition to his activist writings.

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During this 400 hundred year period, slave ship engineering further developed. Merchant ships were refitted as slave ships to transport human cargo. The Caravel, Nau, Galleon, Caramack, Clipper, Frigate, and Brig were all different types of ships used to transport African captives from the western coast of Africa to the Americas. These ships carried between 100 and 1,000 people packed like sardines in a can. It all began with the Portuguese caravel in the 15th century.

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