Excerpt from Address: Delivered February 6th, 1885
In introducing Dr. Curry, Governor O'Neal said:
Senators, Representatives and Fellow Citizens: I have been requested to introduce to you a distinguished gentleman, eminent for his talents and for his virtues, and who has a national reputation. Formerly a distinguished citizen of the State of Alabama, he has rendered great service to his State in the General Assembly, and in the Congress of the United States. It affords me pleasure to introduce to you the Hon. J. L. M. Curry.
Dr. Curry said:
Governor, Senators, Representatives, Ladies and Gentlemen:
Loving as I do the State of Alabama with all the intensity of an earnest nature, devoting as I do all the energies of my being to the cause of the education of the mases of both races, I do not ascribe the honor of this invitation to anything personal to myself but to the fact that I am the agent of the Peabody Education Fund - the most magnificent gift ever made by a single person in the interest of humanity. It was not, mark you, made to his own section, exultant in victory, but to a people smitten, peeled, subjugated, over whose fair and fertile fields rolled a tide, the reflection of the inky blackness of which darkened the heavens. It was the first voice of cheer and hope that came to the South while her heart quivered in speechless agony and was in aid of those who had suffered most from the ravages of a fratricidal war.
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