Port Gibson Reveille, August 18, 1877

Port Gibson Reveille, August 18, 1877

ROSS AND GRAY. – Ex-Senator Gray and J. Allen Ross, two intelligent colored men, late of Washington county, Mississippi, took an active part in the late election in Kentucky. Their services were of essential value to the Radical-ridden city of Lexington. At the last election in that city the Radicals rolled up a majority of 1156, and at the recent election the tables were turned and the Democrats carried the election by 540 majority.

“The correspondent of the Cincinnati Enquirer says that this victory, though primarily due to the desperation of the solid citizens, who were galled to death by the thought of being represented at Frankfort by a determined foe, was yet due in a great measure to the efforts of two eloquent colored men, Elder Wm. Gray and J. Allen Ross, of Mississippi. They toiled day and night, and imperilled their lives in the cause. After every speaking they had to be guarded to their homes, so intense was the feeling of the worst class of Radicals against them.”

These heroic colored men will be gratefully remembered.

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