Andrew J. Peters to Joseph P. Tumulty




Petition from Rev. Frederick B. Allen et al. against segregation in the federal government, forwarded by Andrew J. Peters.


Library of Congress Wilson Papers, Series 4, 152A Reel 231 Manuscript Division


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum




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Mr. James P. Tumulty,
Secretary to the President,
White House, Washington, D.C.

Dear Mr. Tumulty,

I am forwarding to you herewith the petition which I have received from Reverend Frederick B. Allen, President of the Robert Gould Shaw House of Boston. This petition was adopted on February 15th at a meeting held at the Robert Gould Shaw House, protesting against any discrimination toward colored employees in the Federal Departments and contained therein the request that through me a copy be conveyed to the President.

With kind regards I am,
Very truly yours,

Andrew J. Peters



Resolutions adopted at Robert Gould Shaw House February 15th, 1914

Whereas, The people of Massachusetts, always solicitous for fair treatment of our colored citizens, have already, through the Governor of this Commonwealth, and through numerous organizations, made earnest protest against the Segregation of colored employees in certain Federal Departments at Washington: and

Whereas, We steadfastly share the hope of our Governor,- "That President Wilson will speedily put an end to conditions, which as reported, are unworthy of any free people"; although there is reason to fear that, thus far, despite all protests, these evils continue in force. Therefore be it

Resolved, That we citizens of Boston of many different Churches, professions and business callings, met together for the purpose at the Robert Gould Shaw House, do hereby request our Congressional Representative at Washington to convey to the President our earnest appeal that he will secure the removal of the injustice of colored segregation from the Federal Departments at Washington.

Frederick B. Allen
President of the Robert Gould Shaw House, Boston

Original Format





Peters, Andrew James, 1872-1938 and Allen, Frederick B., 1840-1925, “Andrew J. Peters to Joseph P. Tumulty,” 1914 February 28, CS04a-b, Race and Segregation Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.