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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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When charged with grave offenses, the jail is mobbed, and the accused taken out and hanged, and out of the hundreds of such cases since the war, not a single high-handed murderer has been ever brought before a court to answer. Colored men have been deliberately murdered, and few if any murderers have been punished by the law; indecent haste to free the criminal in such cases has made the trial a farce too ridiculous to be called more than a puppet show.
The penitentiary is full of our race who are sent there by wicked and malicious persecutions, and unjust sentences dealt out by judges who deem a colored criminal fit only for the severest and longest sentences for trivial offenses.
In all departments of the State we are systematically deprived of recognition except in menial positions. In our metropolitan city, and even cities of lesser note, we are not considered in the appointments in fire companies, police force, notary publics, etc. In fact, we are the ruled class and have no share in the government.
While grateful for much done in the line of school advantages, yet no system in this enlightened day is complete without normal schools. These the colored people have not, while every other ex-slave State has made provisions for normal training.
Recognizing the progressive spirit in our State and with a desire to act for the good of the 271,481 colored citizens of Kentucky. We do hereby, after due deliberation and by the advice of leading men among us, call a convention to meet in the city of Lexington, on the 26th day of November, 1885, to discuss these and other matters pertaining to the welfare of the race, that after due deliberation a respectful petition shall be laid before the Legislature when assembled.
To further carry out these provisions, it is hereby ordered that the colored citizens in each county meet at the county site in mass meeting, at 12 M., November 19th, and elect the number of delegates set opposite the county name.
The apportionment is on the following basis:
Not less than one delegate from each county; three delegates for every 1,000 colored citizens and one additional for every fractional thousand over five hundred, taken from the census of 1880.
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