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Minutes of the State Convention of Colored Citizens of Pennsylvania, Convened at Harrisburg, December 13-14, 1848.

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under the provisions of the revised constitution, blacks had to meet a $250 qualifications, the effect of the Pennsylvania action was to eliminate all black male voters whether or not they owned property.

5. The colored American, founded in January 1837, was the second black newspaper published in the United States. Originally known as the Weekly Advocate, its name was changed to the Colored American shortly after being established. The Reverend Samuel E. Cornish was the first editor, followed by the Reverend Charles B. Ray, who became editor and proprietor in 1840.

6. Abraham D. Shadd was a leading Pennsylvania black abolitionist and a shoemaker by trade. Active in the Negro Convention Movement of the early 1830's, Shadd became one of the five blacks to serve on the Board of Managers of the American Anti-Slavery Society until 1840. A vigorous supporter of the Underground Railroad, Shadd used his Wilmington, Delaware, and later West Chester County, Pennsylvania, homes to aid escaping slaves. During the 1850's, he moved to Canada West and, while there, became the only black to hold elective office prior to the Civil War. His daughter, the militant and indefatigable Mary Ann Shadd Cary, was an outspoken advocate of Canadian emigration.

7. Stephen Smith was a noted black abolitionist, clergyman, and co-owner with William Whipper of a lucrative lumber establishment in Columbia, Pennsylvania. Wilbur H. Siebert, author of the Underground Railroad, has a section in his study entitled, "Directory of the Names of Underground Railroad Operators," of which Smith is listed along with 143 other blacks. When Douglass issued his famous "Men of Color to Arms" appeal during the early part of the Civil War, calling upon black Americans to join the Union Army, Smith was listed as one of the signers.

MINUTES OF THE STAGE CONVENTION OF THE COLOURED CITIZENS OF PENNSYLVANIA, CONVENED AT HARRISBURG, DECEMBER 13th AND 14th, 1848

MEMBERS OF THE CONVENTIONAL BOARD AT PHILADLEPHIA

President

ROBERT PURVIS

Vice President

ISAIAH C. WEIR

Corresponding Secretary

DR. PECK*

Recording Secretary

J. C. BOWERS

Treasurer

REV. STEPHEN SMITH

Board of Managers

DR. J. J. G. BIAS, GEORGE W. GOINES, M.W. GIBBS, WILLIAM WHIPPER, SAMUEL VAN BRAKLE, ABRAM D. SHADD

All communications must be addressed to DR. D. J. Peck, ( post paid) Lombard street above Seventh, Philadelphia

120 BLACK STATE CONVENTIONS MINUTES OF THE CONVENTION

Pursuant to a call for a State Convention of the colored citizens of Pennsylvania, for the purpose of devising the most efficient method to petition the Legislature for the elective franchise, the Convention assembled at Harrisburg, Dauphin County, on Wednesday morning, Dec. 13th, 1848.

An informal meeting was held at the Wesleyan Methodist Church, and the Rev. George Galbraith appointed Chairman, and Francis A. Duterte, Secretary.

A motion was made by Dr. Peck, that the delegates present give their credentials into the hands of the Secretary. When the following delegates from the several different counties were enrolled as members of the Convention

Allegheny County--John B. Vashon. Berks County-- Joseph E. Gardner, Joseph Murry, George C. Anderson. Blair County-- Daniel Williams. Cumberland County--Wm. Webb, Edward Hawkins, Richard Johnson, Joseph Johnson, Jacob Stratton. Centre County--Joseph St. Clair. Chester County-- Abraham D. Shadd, John N. Bond, Charles E. Clayton. Wm. Lewis. Columbia County-- Wm. Thomson. Dauphin County-- John Wolf, Henry H. Price, John F. Willaims, Thomas Earley, Aquilla Amos, John Gray, Andrew Gorden, William Spence,

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