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Proceedings of the Colored Men's Convention of the State of Michigan, Held in the City of Detroit ,Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 12th and 13th, '65, with Accompanying Documents. Also, the Constitution of the Equal Rights League of the State of Michigan.

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206

BLACK STATE CONVENTIONS

Executive Committee--T. J. Rice, Detroit; T. R. Jenkins, Coldwater, J. J. Evans, Battle Creek; Dr. Greenberry Cousins, Cass county.

Vice Presidents for Each County

J. W. Johnson, Lenawee county.

S. W. Burton, Hillsdale county.

A. Boyer, Washtenaw county.

John Hackley, Macomb county.

George Nichols, Kalamazoo county.

Wilberforce Johnson, Jackson county.

F. R. Jenkins, Branch county.

G. H. Parker, Wayne county.

Benjamin Grinton, Calhoun county.

S. Fowler, Eaton county.

I. Burdine, Berrien county.

T. J. Hartin, Cass county.

William Watts, Gratiot county.

The report was received and adopted.

Mr. Roberts, from the Committee on Representatives, presented the names of the following gentlemen to represent the State Equal Rights League for Michigan in the National Equal Rights League:

B. Dolbeare Paul, Detroit; O. P. Anderson, Battle Creek; J. W. Johnson, Adrian.

The report was received and adopted.

A letter of congratulation was received from James Fields, Esq., M.D., President of Lenawee Co. League, read and ordered to be incorporated and printed in the minutes.

Mr. Johnson, of Jackson, offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That this Convention instruct its delegates, immediately on their return home, to organize city, town and county Leagues, subordinate to the State Equal Rights League. Carried.

Mr. Roberts, of Adrian, offered the following:

Resolved, That we, the members of this Convention, do tender, a vote of thanks to the officers of this body for the gentlemanly and efficient manner in which they have discharged their duties. Carried.

A vote of thanks was accorded Mrs. Dales and the other ladies of committee appointed to provide accommodations for the delegates.

On motion of Mr. Anderson, of Battle Creek, a vote of thanks was accorded Mr. Paul, of Detroit, Lewis of Adrian, and Parker, of Detroit, for the praise worthy manner with which they had labored for the success of the League.

A subscription list was opened and the handsome sum of $207 raised within fifteen minutes to pay the expenses of the Convention, and the expenses of the representatives to the National League. (See Finance report.)

On motion of Mr. Roberts, of Adrian, the State Equal Rights League for Michigan adjourned to meet at Battle Creek, the first Tuesday in September 1866.

B. Dolbeare Paul, Secretary.

ADDRESS OF THE CONVENTION

To the People of Color of the state of Michigan:

When the convention of colored men assembled in Syracuse, N.Y., October 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th, 1864, the friends of impartial freedom rejoiced, because they felt that the days of tyranny and oppression were numbered.

Those among you who had the happiness of earnest representative men, coming up from Maine to Florida, who then and there inaugurated plans looking to the freedom and elevation of our entire race from the blighting and crushing effects of American slavery, felt renewed hope in the future, and under the leadership of such veterans of anti-slavery army as Douglass, Garnet and others, pledged themselves to return to their homes to labor with renewed zeal for the dissemination of

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