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Proceedings of the Conn. State Convention of Colored Men, Held at New Haven, June 6th and 7th, 1865.

1865CT State New Haven proceedings-page8.pdf

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of our beloved State of Connecticut, should remove this blot from her Constitution, and proudly and nobly take her place with her sister States of New England, in giving to all her citizens the right of suffrage.

Sec. 5. We pledge ourselves to each other, to use all honorable means to induce the good people of this State to rise in their moral strength and in the majesty of their political dignity, and remove from the State's escutcheon that blot which now identifies her with the spirit political tyranny.

Sec. 6. We recommend to this Convention that one or more of its members be appointed to draw up an appeal to the voters of this State, urging the right of the colored people to the elective franchise.

Sec. 7. We repudiate with scorn and contempt the Minority Report of the Committee of the Legislature, believing it only a base move to serve political party purposes; we therefore pledge ourselves to use all possible means to subvert their action, and prove to the contrary.

We tender to that portion of the Legislature who have maintained the rights of a down-trodden and oppressed people, our best wishes and thanks for their noble services.

STATE OF THE COUNTRY.

WHEREAS, The marvelous events in the last five years in the history of this country, call upon us as a convention to declare our sentiments respecting them, therefore be it.

Resolved, 1. That we view with profound gratitude to Almighty God, the manifestation of his power and goodness to us as a people and a nation, in the triumphant overthrow of a the wicked rebellion, inaugurated by an oligarchy of slaveholders; the vindication of the Constitution, and the annihilation of slavery.

Resolved 2. That we view with peculiar pride and admiration

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