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Minutes of the State Convention of the Colored Citizens of Ohio, Convened at Columbus, January 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th, 1850.
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interest all in promoting a more complete system of education---obtaining a more solid and substantial acknowledgement of our political rights---and as such measures as shall insure more rapidly the social elevation and civil freedom of our people.
Resolved, 21. That the delegates of this convention and others be requested to circulate in their respective counties a petition, asking for the abolition of the remaining laws of the State, making distinction on account of color--and that this petition be forwarded to the Legislature at its next session.
Resolved, 22. That the Ohio Standard of this City, is worthy the confidence, and that it should receive the encouragement and support of the colored citizens of Ohio, and of the Union.
Resolved, 23. That the Convention petition the Legislature to appoint a superintendent of the colored schools of the State, and that we recommend W. H. Day, as the person.
Resolved, 24. That we tender our thanks to the Legislature of last winter, for what they did in repealing those odious Black Laws, that existed against us, and we pray their successors that they wipe out the remnant.
MR. W. H. BURNHAM’S PREAMBLE AND RESOLUTION
Whereas, The Methodist Conference of the colored Church has passed silently over the subject of American Slavery, and has by that means given sanction to an institution that tramples on the necks and liberties of three millions of human beings, and these very beings have the same hopes and fears, and are identified with these men who are saying nothing in behalf of their cause, by color and suffering, prejudice and wrong; and whereas, according to the words of the exponents of their faith and order, they are thus silent in order that they may extend their connection into Slave States, and thus have power over, and get money from the poor, worn, and heart broken slave; in this unchristian and cruel operation, they are keeping the slave from purchasing his liberty, and tightening the chain on his posterity yet unborn; and whereas they have established a newspaper entitled the Christian Herald, edited by one Rev. A. R. Green, which they deem too sacred to admit the subject of human rights in its columns, or they are too mean, pro-slavery, and time serving, to come up to the work and thus assist in "loosing the bands of wickedness, undoing the heavy burthens, and letting the oppressed go free, and breaking every yoke;" and whereas, we believe that this convention, being the assembled representatives of the colored people of the State, should speak out against all such monstrous evils; Therefore--
Resolved, That we recommend to the annual Ohio Conference, of colored people, to pass resolutions defining their position on the subject of slavery; and we further recommend that they enquire into the conduct of said A. R. Green, in prohibiting the discussion of slavery in his paper, and see if he acts in accordance with the instructions received at the general conference; and by so doing, they will show themselves on the side of liberty and their oppressed and downtrodden brethren.
The committee appointed to devise a plan for establishing a paper in the State in behalf of the colored people, having had the same under consideration; would respectfully report, as follows:--
That in their judgment, the peculiar condition of the colored people of the State imperiously demands that we establish such an organ, that we may talk to each other, and to the world.
We are brought to this conclusion from the following considerations:--
We are scattered over so large a territory, and while we have increasingly important interests, we have not a single paper of our own west of New York, and in those there, we do not consider ourselves properly represented, neither can we be fully represented in the papers edited at the west by our White friends, for we have interests peculiar to ourselves. This is our condition. But the establishment of a paper must depend upon the available means to sustain it. Among the 25,000 colored persons in the State, there certainly
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