Sally Maria Diggs

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Sally Maria Diggs (c. 1851[1] – ?) 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.[2] Beecher famously said, "No child should be in slavery, let alone a child like this’ and raised $900 to purchase her freedom.[3] The episode was celebrated in a number of paintings and drawings at the time, including Eastman Johnson's "Freedom Ring."[4]

In 1927, "Pinky" returned to Plymouth Church to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Henry Ward Beecher's first sermon at Plymouth Church.[1]

In 2010, "Pinky" was celebrated by sculptor Meredith Bergmann.[5]


  1. ^ a b "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. 
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  3. ^ Strausbaugh, John (October 12, 2007). "On the Trail of Brooklyn's Underground Railroad". The New York Times. 
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