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Women's Association of Philadelphia for the Relief of the
Freedmen
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The Women's Association of Philadelphia for the Relief of the Freedmen was started April 15, 1862. Most of their early
efforts consisted of collecting clothing. This was sent to Washington, Yorktown, Gloucester Point, Port Royal and
Craney and St. Simons Island. They also sent goods to Cincinnati to be used in the southwest. They raised almost
$2000 that was used to purchase clothing. They also sent two African American male nurses to the Smallpox Hospital
In Washington, D. C. to assist and help teach the patients nursing. The second year they raised almost $9,000 and
created sewing circles. In 1864 they would combine with the
Friend's Association for the Aid and Elevation of the
Freedmen.