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Hampton Negro Conference. Number III. July 1899.
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Chicago, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Louisville, Lynchburg, Columbia, Wilmington, Atlanta, Rome, Ga. Augusta, Savannah, Jacksonville, Birmingham, Montgomery, New Orleans, Nashville, and others.
The committee had charge of Hampton, Richmond, Norfolk, Newport News, and Washington. This part of the report is not a great success, because the persons written to did not furnish the data. Few indeed made any reply whatever, and this the committee regret very much. However, some public spirited men did send us some very valuable data and the committee and conference owe them a vote of thanks.
REPORTS FROM CORRESPONDENTS
Hon. H. C. Smith writes that there are about one hundred skilled colored workmen in Cleveland Ohio. Most of them are members of the local unions; they are generally not discriminated against and are increasing in numbers.
Mr. Geo. H. Jackson writes from Cincinnati, Ohio that there are many colored members of the union in Cincinnati, and that the labor leaders seem to favor their admission. But conditions are such that it is, as a matter of fact, very hard for any others to get into the union. Some exclude colored workmen altogether. He mentions the machinists, the barbers, shoemakers, horse shoers and coatmakers. Colored skilled laborers seem to be decreasing;—many are not working at their trades, because excluded by the unions.
Mr. Albert S. White of Louisville Ky. says there are about five hundred in Louisville and vicinity. The situation is mixed. Some unions admit colored men; some reject them. Usually they are organized separately. He doubts that they are increasing.
Prof. George E. Stephens of Lynchburg Va., says, there are in that city two hundred and thirty-one skilled colored laborers, mostly in the tobacco factories. None of them are organized: nor are the whites organized, except the bricklayers. Numbers decreasing.
Dr. C. C. Johnson of Columbia, S. C., was able to count three hundred and eighty-six skilled colored workmen in his city. Neither white nor colored work men are organized. Colored workmen increasing. Doing well.
Rev. George F. Bragg writes from Baltimore Md. that he has talked with Mr. Duncan, President of the Stone Cutters National Union. He said that there are many colored men in the union. They are mixed in the North; in many places in the South they
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