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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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At 1 o'clock the delegation proceeded from the reading-room, "arm in arm," headed by the chairman, and called on Gov. J. Proctor Knott. The chairman requested Rev. Eugene Evans to make his address to the Governor, which was neatly done, the Governor replying in a strong, earnest sympathetic speech.
Next, the delegation visited Hon. J. D. Pickett, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and J. C. Jackson was called on for the address. This was short, sensible and touching. Prof. Pickett made a reply, promising to do all in his power to help the State.
The Committee on Grievances and Propositions and the Joint Committee of both Houses, with Hon. A. S. Berry in the chair, received the committee with distinguished attention.
The petition, as read and printed in the Senate, was read, and Dr. Wm. J. Simmons spoke on behalf of the committee and the 271,481 colored citizens represented, followed by a brief talk from C.H. Parrish, A. W. Titus, E. Evans, R. H. C. Mitchell, J. C. Strange and S. E. Smith, after which the committee, through its chairman, thanked the committees for so patient a hearing. The speech of Dr. Simmons will be printed in full.
The Executive Committee then held a meeting and voted thanks:
1. To the chairman, for his efficient labors in the accomplishment of the plans.
2. To the members of the reading-room for the use of their hall.
3. To the citizens for their unbounded hospitality, and
4. That the chairman of the committee be and is empowered to secure the moneys from all parties holding it, and secure the minutes.
Rev. Eugene Evans then led in prayer and adjournment followed.
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