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Colored Mens Convention, Binghamton 1869


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Larry Jordan Negroes of New York


The following notice concerning the New York State Convention of Colored Men, held in Binghamton June 1, 1869, appeared in the June 2nd issue of the N Y Times:

"A convention of colored men from all parts of this state, called by the Colored Citizen's State Central Committee, began its session at the Academy of Music in this city today. The object of the Convention is to organize a committee in every city, town, and village in the state, to serve as canvassers and do other duty in the fall campaign, when the new constitution is submitted to the people. The convention organized by the appointment of Stephen Myers of Albany as President, and a list of vice presidents and secretaries. The principal business of the Convention will be done tomorrow when Fred Douglass and Heighland Garnet and others will participate. One or two colored reporters are in attendance." (An identical story appeared in the Tribune)

The results of the Convention were reported in the June 4th issue of the Tribune: the following resolutions were passed: "That we look back with profound gratitude on all the events of the last nine years: seeing clearly how effectively all things worked together for the promotion of justice and the securing of equal rights for all citizens of the United States; that we see in the 15th Amendment to the National Constitution the deliverance of our race from the demon of prejudice and oppression; that we hail with cordial welcome the wise and statesmanlike words of the President of the U S in his inaugural address commending the amendment

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