“At five went to Mr. Sollars- with Elders Hyde and Richards. Elder Hyde inquired the situation of the negro. I replied, they came into the world slaves mentally and physically. Change their situation with the whites, and they would be like them. They have souls, and are subjects of salvation. Go into Cincinnati or any city, and find an educated negro, who rides in his carriage, and you will see a man who has risen by the powers of his own mind to his exalted state of respectability. The slaves in Washington are more refined than many in high places, and the black boys will take the shine of many of those they brush and wait on. “Elder Hyde remarked, “Put them on the level, and they will rise above me.- I replied, if I raised you to be my equal, and then attempted to oppress you, would you not be indignant?”
“Had I anything to do with the negro, I would confine them by strict law to their own species, and put them on a national equalization”
(Joseph Smith, History of the Church 5:217-218).