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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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211

MIGHIGAN, 1865

Sec. 9th. At any annual meeting of the State Equal Rights League this constitution may be altered or amended by a vote of a majority of the members

OFFICERS OF THE STATE E. R. LEAGUE

President

James Fields, Esq., M.D., of Adrian

Vice Presidents

J. W. Johnson----------------------------Lenewaee county.

S. W. Burton-----------------------------Hillsdale county.

A. Boywer--------------------------------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. Martin-------------------------Cass county.

William Watts------------------------Gratiot county.

Secretaries

Recording Secretary--H. J. Lewis, of Hudson.

Corresponding Secretary--B. Dolbeare Paul., Detroit.

Treasurer

George W. Lewis, of Adrian.

Executive Committee

T. J. Rice----------------------------Detroit.

F. R. Jenkins-------------------------Coldwater.

J. J. Evans------------------------------Battle Creek.

Dr. Greenberry Cousins----------------Cass county.

STATE BUREAU AT ADRIAN, MICH.

Copy in the Schomburg Collection, New York Public Library.

REFERENCE NOTES

1. Mary Ann Shadd Cary (1823-1893), daughter of black abolitionist Abraham D. Shadd of Wilmington, Delaware, was a militant crusader in the cause of black rights. After the passage of the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, she settled in Windsor, West Canada, and became deeply involved in the political and educational life of a colony of United States blacks who had settled there. Establishing a school, she taught for over a decade and received assistance from the American Missionary Society, later becoming its agent to promote Negro education there. A pamphlet which she published, Notes on Canada West, sought to encourage black emigration to the province.

Between 1854 and 1856, she edited the Provincial Freeman, a weekly anti- newspaper published at Chatham, Ontario. With the outbreak of the Civil War, she returned to the United States, was appointed a recruiting army officer by Governor Levi Morton of Indiana, and aided in the establishment of a regiment of black soldiers. Following the war, she settled in Washington, D.C., headed an American Missionary Society school, and in her late forties

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