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Minutes of the First Colored Convention, held in the City of Portland, October 6, 1841.
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our common position. The resolution passed unanimously. The members all rising.
Afternoon Session. The Convention met according to appointment; Prayer by Rev. J. W. Lewis, minutes of the last session was read and approved.
On motion, Resolved, that prejudice as it exists among ourselves is a grevious evil, and ought to be immediately, and for ever done away with. Carried unanimously.
On Motion of Rev. J. W. Lewis,
Resolved, that a Committee of three be appointed, to take into consideration the expediency of forming a state Anti-Slavery Society: the President appointed the following Gentlemen, Rev. J. W. Lewis, Henry Huston, and John Hill.·
On motion, Resolved, That it is the duty of the colored people in every place, to patronize those of our own color in all business, in preference to those of white people in the same kind of business, provided. they deal on the same terms; except those who deal in ardent spirits.
Resolved, That those stages, steamboats, and railroads, that will not treat our people with respect, in giving to us our rights, after having taken our money, deserve the frown of every true philanthropist.
Many spoke upon this resolution, and upon being taken, it passed unanimously.
On motion, Resolved, That slavery which deprives more than two and a half millions of our brethren of their liberty, is a sin against God, to be immediately repented of. It was advocated by Messrs. James, Siggs, Huston, Myers, Waters, Garrison, and Rev. J. W. Lewis.
On motion of Mr. Myers of Albany, seconded by Rev. Mr. Lewis,
Resolved, That the President and secretary prepare the minutes of this Convention, in a condensed form, to be published in the Colored American, and other papers friendly to our cause.
On motion of Rev. J. W. Lewis,
Resolved, That the President, with two others whom he may appoint, be a committee to prepare the doings of this Convention, and have them printed in pamphlet form.
Rev A. N. Freeman, A. W. Niles, J. H. Rogers, Committee.
On motion, adjourned till seven o'clock this evening. Prayer by the President.
Evening session. Convention met at the hour appointed, and after prayer by the President, an address was delivered by Mr. Willy of Hallowell.
Saturday Morning Oct. 9th Convention met agreeably to adjournment, prayer by J. H. Rogers.
On motion, Resolved, That we wholly rely on the blessing of God, and the guidance of his spirit for the success of our enterprise.
The committee on statistics, being present, reported as follows.
In Gardiner there are seven families five of whom are farmers, and own the farms they occupy; also two barbers, one the owner of real estate. Their children attend the district school.
In Bath there are five colored families two of which are owners of farms, supposed to be worth $2500. The others follow the sea, and own property to the amount of one thousand dollars.
In Brunswick the number of families are thirteen, the estimate of property owned $6,600, the number of farms 7; number of mariners 6.
One school, one house of religious worship, one temperance society numbering thirty members; one Anti-Slavery Society numbering about twenty members.
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