Sally Maria Diggs
Sally Maria Diggs (c. 1851 – ?) was an African-American slave girl, also known as "Pinky," whose freedom was famously bought by Henry Ward Beecher in 1860, during a sermon at Plymouth Church, Brooklyn, NY. Beecher famously said, "No child should be in slavery, let alone a child like this’ and raised $900 to purchase her freedom. The episode was celebrated in a number of paintings and drawings at the time, including Eastman Johnson's "Freedom Ring."
In 1927, "Pinky" returned to Plymouth Church to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Henry Ward Beecher's first sermon at Plymouth Church.
- "Negroes: Again: Pinky". Time. May 23, 1927.
Sixty-seven years ago the congregation of Plymouth Church, Brooklyn, saw Pastor Henry Ward Beecher* mount the pulpit, accompanied by a trembling nine-year-old Negress.
- Strausbaugh, John (October 12, 2007). "On the Trail of Brooklyn's Underground Railroad". The New York Times.