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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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Eighth District-A. W. Titus, Berea.
Ninth District-I. H. Natas, Maysville.
Tenth District-J. F. Hummons, Winchester.
Eleventh District-W. H. Mason, Campbellsville.
State at Large-Wm. H. Steward, Louisville; Wm. H. Ward, Louisville; J. C. Jackson, Lexington; G. W. Gentry, Stanford.
The report of the Committee on Resolutions was read by H. S. Henderson, as follows:
Petition of the Colored Citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, through the State Convention, held at Lexington, Ky., November 26, 1885.
We, the representatives of the 271,481 negroes of Kentucky, in convention assembled, at Lexington, Ky., this 26th day of November, 1885, feeling that many of the rights and privileges that should be common to all the citizens of Kentucky are systematically and persistently denied us, and feeling that we are seriously crippled and hindered from making the progress so ardently desired, by the partial and unjust ministrations of the laws of the Commonwealth; therefore, be it resolved, that
While we feel grateful for the improved public sentiment, as evinced in the raising of the school per capita from 40 cents to $1.65, and for the encouragement given to the material and educational development of our race; but as we are still denied many of the rights accorded to other citizens, and knowing that the right of petition is vested in all citizens by National and State Constitutions, and that in the exercise thereof we respectfully petition the Legislature of Kentucky to pass such laws as will remove these grievances.
We respectfully request that such civil rights laws be enacted as will give the humblest citizen the fullest enjoyment of every privilege guaranteed by the Constitution, and which will prevent their denial and abridgement by various subterfuges and technicalities. We do not ask for social rights, but we earnestly protest against the civil discriminations practiced in this State against our people under semblance of law. We petition that
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