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In Virginia, Richmond police raid secret meeting of African-American group called "The Sons of Ham"

Richmond, Virginia, circa 1851, from the east
Police in Richmond, Virginia raided a secret African-American meeting in an outbuilding behind a large house and arrested a dozen members of a group they described as suspects in underground railroad activity.  The group, known as the "Sons of Ham," included several local black preachers.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Gregg D. Kimball, "African, American, and Virginia: The Shaping of Black Memory in Antebellum Virginia, 1790-1860," in W. Fitzhugh Brundage, Where These Mysteries Grow: History, Memory, and Southern Identity (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000), 70.