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Proceedings of the Conn. State Convention of Colored Men, Held at New Haven, June 6th and 7th, 1865.
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the part our fathers, brothers, and sons have borne in this war, showing forth to the world the possession of full qualities of soldiers, as displayed in their indomitable courage and endurance in the many hard fought battles of Port Hudson, Fort Wagner, Olustee, Petersburg, Fort Fisher, and others.
Resolved, 3. In the death of our late President, Abraham Lincoln, we, as a people, feel the great loss of a champion of freedom, for by and through his power, the first Proclamation of Emancipation was issued to our people in this country, and made million of down-trodden souls raise their voices and hearts in thanks to the great Giver of all good, for the great day of deliverance, whereby we are able to come forth and march forward to the platform of equality. And when the country called for our aid, in the mighty struggle of freedom, more than two hundred thousand (200,000) brave men rushed to arms, who were always faithful, not one ever proving treacherous.
Resolved, 4. That we earnestly implore our friends in Congress to secure for ourselves, and our breathers in the South, our full rights, as loyal American citizens, in the reconstruction of the rebellious States.
WHEREAS, The restrictive prejudices and invidious distinctions of the different schools and colleges of this country are being gradually removed by the more liberal and enlightened sentiment of the people, therefore be it
Resolved, That we recommend to all our people an earnest and zealous interest in the education of their children, and that they use their best efforts to give them a thorough mental and moral training, and then introduce them into the various professions and mechanical arts, and thus prepare them to develop and sustain a virtuous and honorable position in society.
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