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Civil Rights. Address of the Colored Citizens of Chicago to The Congress of the United States.

1866IL-Chicago_Address (6).pdf

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6

CIVIL RIGHTS.

sought to blot out the handwriting of the Creator upon His creatures, and they passed away! And will not our country be wise to know the period of her gracious invitation?

"When the great heart of America shall become purged of the pollution of her long-existing conglomerate sin, when the chastisements of the Holy One shall have so purified the national conscience, resurrecting it from the tomb of ages, and so strengthened, extended and elevated the moral vision of the nation as to enable it to see God in ebony, in copper, or in bronze, as fully and as willingly as in Parian or alabaster or ivory, then, and not until then, will she ascend into her true position among her sister nations of the earth, as she assumes her line of march toward the mark of the prize of her high calling, in fulfillment of her noble destiny, the elevation of humanity, by a free and vigorous development of the powers and capacities of the human race!"

Live liberty! Live the republic!

LEWIS B. WHITE,

E. R. WILLIAMS,

WILLIAM BAKER,

JOHN JONES,

R. W. STOKES,

JOSEPH STANLEY,

R. DeBAPTISTE, Chairman,

Committee on the Preparation of the Address.

At a mass meeting of the colored citizens of the city of Chicago, held on this the 23d day of April, 1866, the above address was adopted by a unanimous vote, as embodying the sentiments entertained by them, the same being ordered to be transmitted to the presiding officers of the two houses of Congress respectively.

JOHN JONES, Chairman.

L. B. WHITE, Secretary.

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