The Seattle Times

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Courtesy of the washington state historical society

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Volunteers hunt for the truth about our place in the Civil War

Having built a fortune in the budding port town of Tacoma in the 1888s, black real-estate mogul John Conna published letters, such as this one, as well as paid ads in newspapers back East urging other African Americans to “Go West” if they wanted to escape racial oppression and prosper.