Semi-Weekly Clarion clipping

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Moore, James Aaron; Morgan, A. T. (Albert Talmon); Miscegenation

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Great Sensation in Republican Circles.


At the residence of Mrs. Lee, (colored) near this City at 1 1/2 o'clock on the morning of Thursday, August 4th, 1870, by the Rev. J. Aaron Moore, (black) of Meridian, Hon. A. T. Morgan (white) State Senator from Yazoo county, Miss Carrie V. Highgate (colored) of this city.

Notwithstanding the alliance had been anticipated some weeks and has occupied a very considerable space in the "gossip" of the friends of the groom and the colored people generally, they were not fully prepared for the final denoument on Wednesday night. During the afternoon of Wednesday a rumor gained circulation that


would be a finality on that night. We of course went to work to learn the facts, with what success will be seen.


was issued by the Clerk of the Court late Wednesday afternoon, the expectant groom informing that official that the ceremony would not be performed until "to-morrow," similar statements were made to a number of his friends and associates, so that curiosity was for the time lulled, recuperating strength for the events of the morrow.

"'Tis ever thus in pleasures hour
We've seen our fondest hope decay."

Nobody suspected that the statement about "to-morrow" was a


but so it proved. The night mail train bound north passes this city at 2 o'clock. Morgan, accompanied by colored men appeared at the depot with a trunk and desired a check for the same to Cleveland Ohio. Mr. Walmsley, the baggage master, was only supplied with Louisville checks on that line, one of which Morgan accepted and went away, shortly afterwards he returned with two trunks (the property of the bride) and received another check for Louisville. As yet no suspicion was aroused as the actual intent of the Senator. The whole affair was


and not until the arrival of the carriage containing the bridal couple, at the station, five minutes prior to the arrival of the train did the facts become known, and were even then received with much allowance, for they were invisible, remaining in the closed carriage until the train was fully stopped along side the platform, when they emerged and were, by their friends, hurried across to


which they entered, and were lost to the view of the curious crowd who had been collecting for five minutes. Two or three of their colored male friends accompanied them inside the car, and there bade them farewell.


was strictly private and quite recherche, only two or three prominent negro politicians being the recipients of the coveted cards of invitation.

ELDER STRINGER, (colored,)

of Vicksburg, was to have celebrated the marriage rite, but he did not put in his appearance and his place was supplied by

REV. J. AARON MOORE, (black,)

the christian light of the Republican party, who from his seat on the floor of the House, some weeks ago, said, "If Jesus Christ should oppose the rights of the colored race," he would vote against him.


One of the colored friends in bidding the bridal party adieu remarked, to the groom, "If I wasn't done married, sah, you wouldn't a got dat gall."

A prominent Republican official meeting the Rev. J. Aaron Moore the next morning said, "Well, Mr. Moore, I learn that you last night married a white man to a negro woman." "It's so for a fact, sah," was J. Aaron's reply.




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