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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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The convention re-assembled with President Simmons in the chair. Rev. D. Jones offered prayer. The minutes were read and approved. The discussion was then resumed on the report of the Committee on Resolutions. The speeches were limited to five minutes, but several brilliant addresses were made during the discussion, after which they were adopted.
The address to the colored people was reported from the same Committee by J. S. Hathaway and unanimously adopted as follows:
To the Colored People of Kentucky: We, your delegates in convention assembled, have pleasure in congratulating you upon the progress you have made in the pursuit of those things which commend you to the world. Your progress is the more gratifying when it is remembered under what circumstances it has been achieved. When you came into possession of freedom you were intellectually, as well as physically, deformed by centuries of unjust and cruel servitude. Your treatment and teaching have been such as would generally convey the idea that the color of the man determined his superiority or inferiority. You had not where to lay your heads. You were without food, and utterly unappreciated as to business or its management.
Such were the unfavorable conditions under which you, a few years ago, began your course as citizens. The hand of Providence has led you in ways you knew not of, and though opposed by foes without and often betrayed by friends within, to-day you make a showing that has no parallel in history. Though industry and economy you have yearly added to your savings, and thus come into possession of homes and other property. In the State of Kentucky your taxable property amounts to nearly $4,000,000. Your progress in education, of which you were once claimed to be incapable, is most marked and under the limited facilities of the past far exceeded the expectation of your friends; then with new methods, live teachers and greater opportunities, you will be able to present a
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