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Minutes and address of the State Convention of the Colored Citizens of Ohio, convened at Columbus, January 10th, 11th, 12th, & 13th, 1849.


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JANUARY 10th, 11th, 12th, & 13th, 1849

Call for the Convention as Reported in the North Star,

December 8, 1848

Cleveland, Sept. 11, 1848

At a meeting of the Ohio Delegation attending the National Convention of Colored Freemen at Cleveland, Ohio, September 6th, Rev. S. P. Lewis of Zanesville, was called to the Chair, and W. H. Burnham appointed Secretary. J. L. Watson stated the objects of the meeting, after which, C. H. Langston, J. L. Watson and John Malvin were appointed to bring forward business for said meeting, when the committee reported as follows:

Whereas, The peculiar circumstances under which the colored people the United States are placed, demands immediate, constant and energetic action on our part, and

Whereas, We believe that Conventions are pre-eminently calculated to enhance that action, Therefore,

Resolved, That we, a portion of the Ohio Delegation to the National Convention, do earnestly call upon the State Central Committee to call a State Convention to assemble in the city of Columbus· some time in January, 1849.

Resolved, That we individually pledge ourselves to do all in our power to secure a full representation to said Convention.

Resolved, That the proceedings of this meeting be published in the True Democrat and Herald, Cleveland, the North Star, N.Y., and Ohio Standard, Columbus, and the Globe, of Cincinnati, and all other papers friendly to the elevation and improvement of the colored people in Ohio.

On motion, J. L. Watson was appointed a Committee of one to secure and furnish each paper named a copy of the proceedings of the meeting.

Rev. S. P. Lewis, Pres't.

W. H. Burham, Sec'y.

In accordance with the recommendation of the resolution adopted at this meeting, the State Central Committee have issued the following call:


A Mass Convention of the Colored Citizens of Ohio, will be held in Columbus, commencing January 10th, 1840. The object of this Convention is our elevation, moral, intellectual, and political. Encountering us in the first step of march, stand Ohio's "Black Laws. They must be repealed. It is true, stripped as we are of all political power, we have only a moral power over them, but it is only necessary to wield this power aright, and it is mighty to the pulling down of the strongholds of oppression and wrong.

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