Samuel Ringgold Ward

Samuel Ringgold Ward (1817-1866) was an African American abolitionist, clergyman, and social reformer who lived in the 19th century. He was born in Maryland and became involved in the abolitionist movement in the 1830s and 1840s, working to end slavery in the United States.
Ward was a charismatic speaker and was known for his powerful oratory skills, which he used to advocate for the abolition of slavery and the rights of African Americans. He travelled extensively throughout the United States and Europe, giving lectures and speeches on the abolitionist cause. He was also a member of several anti-slavery organizations and played a role in organizing anti-slavery conventions and events.
Ward visited Belfast briefly in June 1854. He arrived from Greenock by steamer, stayed in the Imperial Hotel and then left for Sligo the next day.
In addition to his work as an abolitionist, Ward was also a prominent advocate for temperance, women’s rights, and other social reform causes. He was a prominent figure in the religious community and was a Baptist minister.
Samuel Ringgold Ward is remembered today as an important figure in the abolitionist movement and as a pioneer of social reform in the United States. He is celebrated for his courage, commitment, and his leadership in advocating for the rights of African Americans and other marginalized groups.
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