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Report on the State Convention of the People of Color of the State of Indiana, August 9, 1851.


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AUGUST 9, 1851

The State Convention of the People of Color of the State of Indiana met in the African M.E. Church, on Friday morning, 1st inst., at 9 o'clock, A.M., according to the call of the circular issued by the State Central Committee. The Convention was called to order by the chairman of the Committee, and prayer offered to the Throne of Grace by the Rev. John A. Warren; after which the credentials of the delegates from the several counties were called for, when the following were presented, J. G. Britton acting as President pro tem., and W. J. Greenly, Secretary:

J. G. Britton, of Marion; J. Callihan, do.; T. Bushrod, do.; W. H. Manly, do.; P. B. Delany, do.; J. L. Johnson, do.

J. H. Bundy, of Vigo; W. H. Carter, do.; J. Mitchell, do. Rev. J. Morgan, of Washington.

W. J. Greenly, of Floyd.

Rev. J. A. Warren, of Clark; Rev. W. Couzins, do.

Rev. W. Chandler, of Vigo; Rev. D. Johnson.

Rev. D. Dudly, Bartholomew.

Rev. J. J. Fitzgerald, of Jefferson; Rev. B. Crider, do.; Rev. Wm.

Anderson, do.; Rev. S. Jones, do.

Rev. E. Weaver, of Vanderburgh, Posey, and Gibson.

Rev. J. M. Brown, of Ohio; J. B. Delany, do.

Mr. Blanks, of Michigan, and Mr. J. Merriwether, of Kentucky, were admitted to seats in the Convention.

On motion, a Committee of Organization was appointed by the Chair, as follows:

W. H. Carter, T. Bushrod, P. B. Delany, J. L. Johnson, Rev. J. Morgan.

The committee withdrew, and during their absence the Convention was addressed by the Rev. J. J. Fitzgerald, who gave his views very clearly. He spoke with much warmth and eloquence. The committee returned and reported as the result of their nomination, the following as permanent officers of the Convention:

John G. Britton of Marion, President; Rev. John Morgan of Washington, and D. N. McDowell, of Ripley, Vice Presidents; W. J. Greenly, of Floyd, and W. T. Boyd, of Madison, Secretaries; which nominations were confirmed by Convention.

The President then took his seat, and after appointing Mr. J. Manly door-keeper, addressed the Convention as follows:

Gentlemen of the Convention: I am aware of the honor you have conferred upon me, in calling me to preside as chairman over this deliberate body of Colored Americans of the State of Indiana, now in Convention assembled, for the purpose of discussing subjects of a grave and important character.

Gentlemen, we have been called together at a period of great excitement; at a time when the whole State is in commotion, with regard to our race. For, on Monday next is the annual election, which, I have no doubt, for the best

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