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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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this great evil-a sore upon the body politic and a disgrace to the nineteenth century and the civilization of the age; and we hereby call upon all good citizens to meet force by force and repel those violators of peace.


We protest against the discriminations practiced against our people by the railroads in this State. The discriminations are not only unjust, but cruel, and have the effect of retarding our progress. They do no good, but blunt the finer feelings and keener sensibilities of our people, and prevent the fullest development of true manhood. We are charged first-class fare and refused first-class accommodations, and in many cases our mothers, wives and daughters are forced to ride in smoking-cars, and sometimes on the platform, with no apparent redress. We request the passage of such laws as will prevent such discriminations.

We respectfully lay these resolutions, setting forth our grievances before you, and ask that suitable opportunity be given to us to be heard on them.

WM. J. SIMMONS, Chairman,

Fifth Congressional District.

Committee-First Congressional District, Wm. H. McRidley; Second Congressional District, E. W. Glass; Third Congressional District, J. C. Strange; Fourth Congressional District, G. W. Bowling; Sixth Congressional District, J. W. Hawkins; Seventh Congressional District, Henry Scroggins; Eighth Congressional District, A. W. Titus; Ninth Congressional District, I. H. Natas; Tenth Congressional District, J. F. Hummons; Eleventh Congressional District, W. H. Mason.

State at large, Wm. H. Steward, J. C. Jackson, G. W. Gentry, A. C. Brent, R. Varien, E. Evans, C. H. Parrish, D. Jones and Wm. H. Ward.

By common consent, the opening address was made by the President of the Convention, Dr. Wm. J. Simmons, at the conclusion of which the convention adjourned until 3 o'clock.

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