1785Members of the Independent Christian Society (Universalists) created a charter.People and Communities, African American History, Religion

Charter of Compact. The Independent Christian Society of Gloucester (Universalist) Collection, Box 1, FF6, Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Gloucester, MA.
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In answer to the possible legal argument that the newly formed group would not be defined as an organized religion by the state constitution, a charter was created and signed on September 14 by several prominent former members of the First Parish Church. Gloster Dalton, a formerly enslaved man, was among the first to sign the charter.

Eddy, Richard. Universalism in Gloucester, Mass. Procter Brothers, 1892. Cape Ann Slavery | A History of Slavery in the Cape Ann Area of Massachusets. https://capeannslavery.org/
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