The Brownsville Texas Affair. Presentation of Loving Cup to Hon. Joseph Benson Foraker. The Ceremony and Addresses, March 6th, 1909, at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, Washington, D.C.
Washington: Murray Brothers, 1909. 8vo, wraps, 25 pp. Disbound with wraps present, good condition overall. Good. Item #List01125
In 1909, after then-Senator Joseph Foraker had advocated on behalf of the soldiers involved in the Brownsville Affair, a ceremony was held in his honor at the A.M.E. Church in Washington D.C. in Foraker’s honor in which he was presented with a Loving Cup by a group that included Archibald Grimke and John Wesley Cromwell. Offered here is the program from the evening, which reproduces the speeches of Cromwell, Grimke and Foraker in their entirety. Foraker had been portrayed by some as trying to collect African-American votes through his advocacy regarding the Brownsville case. In his speech, he says “I probably ought to say in justice to myself that I never had a selfish thought in regard to that matter.” Four copies held institutionally.