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This is a story showing how Abigail believed everyone was equal even before peace bringers like Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, and Susan B. Anthony.

On February 13, 1791, Abigail Adams wrote to her husband explaining about a young black servant boy. He wanted to learn to read and write. Abigail enrolled him in a local night school. Many people complained and Abigail responded that the boy was, “a Freeman as much as any of the young Men and merely because his Face is Black, is he to be denied instruction? How is he qualified to procure a livelihood?…I have not thought it any disgrace to myself to take him into my parlor and teach him to both read and write.” No further complaints were made.