Rev. Theodrore S. Wright (1797- 1847) was the chairman of the New York Vigilance Committee which tried to prevent the kidnapping of free blacks, (Fugitive Slave Law of 1850) who would then be sold into slavery.
Wright also assisted fugitive slaves; his New York home was a station on the Underground Railroad.
In 1833 Wright was elected vice-president of the Phoenix Society, an organization which worked toward the improvement of the African American training “in morals, literature, and the mechanical arts.”
via Lesley Gist.