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ABOUT THE COLORED CONVENTIONSFrom 1830 until well after the Civil War, free and fugitive Blacks came together in state and national political "Colored Conventions." Before the war, they strategized about how to achieve educational, labor and legal justice at a moment when Black rights were constricting nationally and locally. And after the war, they continued to convene to discuss local, national and international possibilities, problems and challenges.
The delegates to these meetings included the most well-known, if mostly male, writers, organizers, church leaders, newspaper editors, and entrepreneurs in the canon of early African-American leadership—and many whose names and histories have long been forgotten. All that is left of this phenomenal effort are the minutes. Even these materials are rare and can only be accessed through out-of-print volumes.
This project seeks to not only learn about the lives of these male delegates, the places where they met and the social networks that they created but to also account for the crucial work done by Black women in the broader social networks that made these conventions possible.
ColoredConventions.org endeavors to transform teaching and learning about this historic collective organizing effort—and about the many leaders and places involved in it—bringing them to digital life for a new generation of undergraduate and graduate students and researchers across disciplines, for high school teachers, and for community members interested in the history of church, educational and entrepreneurial engagement.
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Graphic showing a snapshot of a few of the rules that appear at multiple conventions.
Speech by Sara Staley on behalf of the Delaware Ladies' AntiSlavery Society to the 1856 Ohio State Convention
This excerpt from a speech penned by Sara Staley on behalf of the Delaware Ladies AntiSlavery Society, was read by Wm. Harris at the 1856 Ohio State…
Jane Merritt (Mary Jane Pointer Merritt) leads a group of women who present a resolution to the Business Committee that would recognize women as…
Transcribe MinutesHelp transcribe the minutes of the Colored Conventions!
UDaily: Library announces historic agreement with Gale Cengage Learning, Colored Conventions Project
"The agreement will allow the Colored Conventions Project to present images from its databases for use on its website, which brings six decades of…
This History Matters video features the University of Delaware's interdisciplinary Colored Conventions Project (CCP). CCP digitizes the meeting…