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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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The President then gave some instruction to the Financial Comittee. On motion of the 21st resolution was again taken up, pending which, the Convention adjourned.

Thursday Evening.

A meeting was held in the Hall of the House of Representatives and addressed by the appointees for the evening. Messrs. W. H. Day and J. L. Watson.

At the close of the meeting with following resolutions were presented and passed:

Resolved, That we tender our thanks to the members o the House of Representatives for the use of this Hall.

Resolved, That we request our white fellow citizens to visit us in our Convention.

Fifth Session, Friday Morning.

Convention met according to adjournment. John L. Watson in the chair. Prayer by Rev. James S. Thompson.

The Secretary being absent, on motion the reading of the journal, was then taken up.

Mr. J. L. Watson of Cuyahoga took the stand. He remarked that he had said a great deal already. The resolution under consideration was of too much importance--had too much to do with the salvation, politically and morally, of his brethren in the South, to allow him to pass it by unnoticed. The Methodist denomination, as such, was opposed to us as a people. "Why sir, the brethren in whose house we now sit, dare not come out and defend their position."

Rev. J.M. Brown here arose to correct Mr. Watson. A dialogue took place between the two, much to the amusement of the Convention.

Mr. W. resumed his remarks. Said the Baptists were no better. He found them just as pro-slavery as the whites. He hoped the resolution would pass. Given as it was to rebuke them, he thought they would certainly profit by it.

Mr. Nooks followed him. Said he had heard a great deal said against the ministers. They had been severely handled, but not too much so. He himself and so much of prejudice against us, that when the white brethren came to preach to their colored brethren, they generally came like "Nicodemus" in the night, and we thought they did us a great favor when they called us "friends" instead of brethren.

Rev. J. M. Brown next came forward to clear his denomination from the charge of being pro-slavery. After speaking at some length, he read a long article from the minutes of the last Conference of the A.M.E. Church, to prove his point.

He was followed by Elder Wallace Shelton, who warmly advocated the passage of the resolution. He spoke of the pro-slavery character of both churches. Said that he had been silenced by his church on account of his anti-slavery views. He was in favor of excluding, not slaveholders only, but their apologists; nay, more, he was in favor of excluding those who would fellowship with slaveholders or their abettors.

Mr. Poindexter was also in favor of the passage of the resolution.

Dr. Langston next followed. He also was in favor of the resolution when amended. Dr. Langston's amendment was, on motion, adopted.

Mr. Poindexter moved an amendment, which was adopted.

Elder Shelton again came forward, and supported the resolution.

Mr. Williams also sustained the resolution. During the remarks of this gentleman, Rev. J. S. Thompson rose to a point of order. He claimed that the gentleman was not speaking to the resolution. Chair decided the point not sustained. Mr. Williams in the course of his remarks was eloquent and earnest, evincing a thorough knowledge of his subject, and the repeated cheers with which the gentleman was greeted, plainly told how much the effort was appreciated.

Rev. J. M. Brown rose to reply, when the select committee of three to which was referred the 5th resolution, through J. Mercer Langston, reported the following

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