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Proceedings of the Convention, of the Colored Freemen of Ohio, Held in Cincinnati, January 14, 15, 16, 17 and 19, 1852.

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BLACK STATE CONVENTIONS

central committee in each county. And be it further resolved, that the President be empowered to appoint the committees for the several counties represented from the members present, and that the central committee be instructed to complete the organization as soon as possible.

24. Resolved, That the central committee for calling the next State Convention be requested to collect all the important facts in relation to the anti-slavery movements throughout the world and present the same in a tangible form at the next sitting of that body.

25. Resolved, That the next Convention be held in the city of Cleveland, Ohio, and that said city be restricted to ten delegates.

26. Resolved, That we claim our rights at the hands of this government, not only because we are native born American citizens, but because our ancestors and ourselves have contributed to the wealth, honor, liberty, prosperity and independence of this country.

Whereas, That in the person of the late Cornelius Burnet, we ever found a faithful and untiring friend of the oppressed, and in whose defence he has sacrificed his property and endangered his life, and that of his family. Therefore,

27. Resolved, That his services are held dear to every lover of liberty! And that we will assist in handing his name down to our latest posterity!

28. Resolved, That in order to perpetuate his memory in our hearts, we will contribute to the enterprise now in contemplation of erecting a monument to his memory.

29. Resolved, That this Convention return their thanks to the citizens of Cincinnati for their hospitality displayed in entertaining the delegates during their sojourn.

30. Resolved, That we hereby return our thanks to the President, Vice Presidents and Secretaries, for the faithful and impartial manner in which they discharged their duties.

31. Resolved, That we also tender our thanks to the trustees and congregation of the Union Baptist Church, for the use of their beautiful meeting house.


REPORTS OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEES

Committee on Education

The importance of Education is fully admitted by the intelligent of all classes and conditions of mankind. None who witness the degradation of the ignorant, upon the one hand and the intelligent and refined character of the educated upon the other, can doubt the truthfulness of this admission. Education is indeed the glory of any people. It is the sure palladium of their Liberty--the positive evidence of their permanent and growing elevation. This has been the foundation of these governmental superstructures whose greatness is seen in the beautiful and judicious structure of their politics, their wise and comprehensive diplomacy and the durability of their institutions.

Especially, indeed, are the colored people of this State under many obligations to themselves and posterity to build up a permanent and efficient system of education among them. Our present situation demands united and energetic action in this particular. In the first place there is a great and growing demand for qualified teachers among us. In the second place as the people educate and improve themselves there will be a demand for intelligent ministers. Ministers who possess literary and scientific qualifications, and who take just and enlarged views of truth.

And in the third place we must be educated to meet the duties which are pressing themselves upon us from other quarters. We are to lend our aid in promoting the abolition of American Slavery, and in devising some judicious plan for the elevation of the half free of the northern States.

This State has extended to us some aid and we should avail ourselves of the proffered advantage.

We should strive to build convenient school houses and have them filled with well qualified teachers who possess the requisite intellectual and moral

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