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Proceedings of the Colored State Convention assembled in St. Paul's A. M. E. Church, Lexington, Ky., November 26.

1884KY-State-Lexington_Proceedings (8).pdf

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the laws be so changed as to allow the organization of negro militia companies upon the same basis and for the same purposes as those already organized, and that the charters of the several cities which discriminate against our people be so amended as to guarantee to every citizen the same privileges and immunities.


As no educational system is complete without the establishment of normal schools and such other educational facilities as will best contribute to the greatest development of a people of the State, we request that Normal and Agricultural and Mechanical, and other schools be established for our people, with the same facilities as are accorded to other schools, or our students admitted to those already established. We also request the abolition of the law which discriminates in the raising of funds for the erection of school-houses, so that all may be erected out of a common fund, as the educational system, is supported out of a common fund. We are in favor of a compulsory education, and request the passage of such a law, believing it will be beneficial to all the citizens of this State.


That we deprecate the administration of the laws of this State that debar competent negroes from sitting upon juries, and the appointment of men on juries who are inimical to the negro, thus making it utterly impossible to obtain a fair and impartial trial. And we hereby petition the Legislature to come to our relief by taking some step to compel judges, commissioners and sheriffs to include the names of competent negroes in the panel for juries, so that laws may be equi-tably administered.

That we pray the Legislature to pass such stringent laws as will hereafter forever prevent mobs from assembling, and, in defiance of all law, moral or civil, drag men from the hands of justice, and mete out summary punishment without regard to law.

That inasmuch as this is a crying disgrace, and a blot upon the escutcheon of Kentucky, a violation of the laws of Almighty God, we call upon all, especially Christians, to cry aloud against

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