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Proceedings of the Council of the Georgia Equal Rights Association. Assembled at Augusta, Ga. April 4th, 1866. Containing the Address of the President, Captain J. E. Bryant, and Resolutions Adopted by the Council.

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meet in this city on the second Wednesday of July next at 10 a m.

The President then made the following remarks:

Gentlemen of the Council:

You are now about to return to your homes, after two days spent in discussing matters of great importance to your people.

You have undertaken a great and noble work, to elevate and improve your race, and secure for them all the rights and privileges that other citizens enjoy. Do not suppose that this is an easy task that you have undertaken. Do not suppose that you will be immediately successful. You must expect to be opposed by powerful influences, but remember that God is just, that He will assist you if you labor for the right, and that with His assistance, you will overcome all opposition. Strive to induce your people to be industrious always, to be peacable, but above all, to educate themselves and their children.

Do all you can to sustain your organ, The Loyal Georgian. It is the only paper in Georgia that advocates your cause. It would be of incalculable injury to you as a race, if you should now allow it to be suspended.

Labor with zeal to organize Associations in your Districts. It is of the utmost importance that your people should be united as soon as possible. These are to you golden moments, and, if you allow them to pass unimproved, you may never have another opportunity to accomplish what you may now accomplish if you make the proper effort.

On motion of Finch, of Athens, the council adjourned.

The following counties were represented in the council:

Richmond, by T P Beard; Bibb, by Lewis Smith; Greene, by E C Powell; Wilkes, by Henry Nelson; Clarke, by William Finch; Morgan, by S McAlester ; Warren, by William Harris ; Dougherty, W S W Sherman ; Burke, by Simon Hankerson; Jasper, by Phillip Randal; Oglethorpe, by Hall Bolden ; Taliaferro, by A Colby; Elbert, by S Hirams.

A true copy of minutes.

J. E. BRYANT, President.

Robert T. Kent, Secretary of Council.

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