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Proceedings of the Colored State Convention assembled in St. Paul's A. M. E. Church, Lexington, Ky., November 26.
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For a Convention of Colored Citizens of Kentucky.
Headquarters of Executive Committee of the State
Convention of Colored Citizens of Kentucky,
Louisville, KY., October 15, 1885 }
Fellow Citizens:—When a free people, living in a body-politic, feel that the laws are unjustly administered to them; that discriminations are openly make; that various subterfuges and legal technicalities are constantly used to deprive them of the enjoyment of those rights and immunities belonging to the humblest citizen; when the courts become no refuge for the outraged, and when a sentiment is not found sufficient to do them justice; it becomes their bounden duty to protest against such a state of affairs. To do less than vigorously and earnestly enter our protest, is to cringe like hounds before masters, and to show that we are not fit for freedom. We are robbed by some of the railroad companion who take our first-class fares and then we are driven into smoking cars, and, if we demur, are cursed and roughly handled. Our women have been beaten by brutal brakemen, and, in many cases, left to ride on platforms at the risk of life and limb.
We are tried in courts controlled entirely by white men, and no colored man sits on a Kentucky jury. This seems no mere accident, but a determined effort to exclude us from fair trials and put us at the mercy of our enemies, from the judge down to the vilest suborned witness.
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