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Proceedings of a Convention of the Colored Men of Ohio, Held in the City of Cincinnati, on the 23d, 24th, 25th and 26th days of November, 1858.
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PROCEEDINGS OF A CONVENTION OF THE COLORED MEN OF OHIO. HELD IN THE CITY OF CINCINNATI, ON THE 23d, 24th, 25th and 26th DAYS OF NOVEMBER, 1858
PROCEEDINGS OF A CONVENTION OF THE COLORED MEN OF OHIO
November 23d, 1858.
PURSUANT to a call from the State Central Committee, a Convention of colored men of Ohio, assembled in the Union Baptist Church, in the city Cincinnati, Tuesday morning November 23, 1858. John I. Gaines, chairman of the State Central Committee, called the Convention to order; whereupon John Booker was called to the chair, and Wm. E. Ambush chosen secretary.
Charles H. Langston moved that the Convention be opened with prayer. Rev. Wallace Shelton then addressed the throne of grace. Messrs Wm. H. Fuller, John Malvin, J. D. Harris, Jesse Devine, A. Redman, John Galley and A. N. Freeman, were appointed a committee to nominate permanent officers for Convention. During the absence of the committee. [sic] Messrs. D. Jenkins, P. H. Clark, C. H. Langston and John I. Gaines, were appointed a Commit Finance, Peter H. Clark, John I. Gaines, John M. Langston, J. D. Harris, John Booker, E. P. Walker, and Jesse Devine, were appointed a committee to report business for the consideration of the Convention.
The Convention agreed to meet at 9 o'clock A.M. and 2 P.M., taking a recess at 12 and at 5 o'clock.
The evening sessions to begin at 7 and close at 10 o;clock.
The Committee on permanent officers, reported the following names, viz;
For President, Charles H. Langston.
" Vice Presidents, A. M. Sumner, John Malvin, A. Redman.
For Secretaries, Wm. D. Goff, L. M. Troy, J. D. Harris.
For Chaplain, Rev. Wallace Shelton.
The Convention confirmed that nominations unanimously. W. D. Goff having declined, Wm. E. Ambush was elected in his place. On motion of J. D. Harris, Horace Morris was added to the corps of secretaries. Peter H. Clark moved that a committee of three be appointed to prepare a plan for a permanent organization of the colored people of Ohio. The chairman named John M. Langston, John Booker and John Malvin, the committee; when the Convention took a recess.
President in the chair. Minutes read and approved. Committee on Finance reported that "Each delegate be requested to pay fifty cents on enrolling his name." Adopted. On motion it was agreed, that only the morning sessions be opened with prayer.
Mr. J M. Langston moved, that Mr. Isaiah Mitchell be invited to participate in the deliberations of the Convention. The Business Committee through their chairman, Peter H. Clark, then reported the following resolutions,
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