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On February 5, 1860, a strange slave auction was held. The place was Plymouth Church in Brooklyn, New York. But this auction was backwards. Church members were buying the freedom of a real slave. On that day, the church raised $900, and they purchased a slave girl named Pinky from her owner. A gold ring was also collected with the money. Eventually, Pinky was set free. And the church’s leader, Henry Ward Beecher, gave her the gold ring.

This kind of action was typical of Hen...

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