Descendants of the abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison gather 200 years after his birth

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For William Lloyd Garrison's descendants, a family reunion is a chance to discover how they have dealt with their abolitionist forefather's legacy.

The gathering coincided with the opening of exhibits at the Boston Public Library and the Museum of Afro-American History here about Garrison and the black abolitionists who helped him advance the antislavery issue.

For Garrison's descendants, it is a chance to meet relatives, to learn about their famous forefather and to discover how they have dealt with his legacy.

Garrison, who was born in 1805 and died in 1879, was a printer, writer and white antislavery activist who started printing The Liberator, a weekly abolitionist newspaper, out of a Boston office in 1831.

His fiery publication galvanized those on both sides of the issue, and led him to receive hate mail and death threats. In 1831, Georgia offered a reward for his arrest. He was attacked by a mob in Boston in 1835, and was saved only when the mayor threw him in jail.

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