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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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BLACK 336 STATE CONVENTIONS Thursday, Nov. 25th. 1858. President Langston called Convention to order at 9 o'clock. Prayer Rev. H. J. Andrews. Minutes read and approved. Article 4th of the Constitution of the Anti-Slavery Society The amendment offered by P. H. Clark being decided out of order, the motion for adoption was put and passed. Article 5 read, and on motion of P. H. Clark, laid on the table. D. Jenkins moved that the resolution to establish a State Anti-Slavery Society be reconsidered, which was agreed to. PeterR. Clark, desired the Convention to pause before they added another to the long list of failed Anti-Slavery Societies, State Organizations, etc. If any lesson at all was to be learned from the past, it was that the people would not support such movements. The thing to be done was to get the colored pIe the organization themselves, interested of societies, in their to operate owo welfare, upou'Slavery and then in would the South, be time or caste in our owo State. Other gentlemen thought such a society th~best instrument that could be devised to arouse the colored people from their torpor. The plan would succeed, especially if the churches became interested. Mr. Josephus Fowler obtained the floor, when the Chair announced hour for the noon recess. Afternoon Session. Convention met, President in the Chair. Minutes read and approved. Josephus Fowler spoke in favor of the establishment of the society. "We must do or die." Mr. Peter Harbison follo,,,ed on the same side. Mr. J. D. Harris demanded the previous question--not succeeding, a general expression of feei~ ing favorable to the formation of a society was had. Messrs. J. H. Gurley, T. J. Goode, T. Gross, John Johnson, John F. James, and L. C. Flewellyn, .Pllr- ticipating. The resolution was then adopted. Articles 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, with the preamble and resolutions appended, were then adopted. John M. Langston offered the following resolutions, moving that they the special order for the evening session: 1st. Resolved, That in the name of our humanity, in the name of our nativity, in the name of our love of our country, in the name of the old Revolutionary doctrine, that taxation and Representation ought not to he separated, in the name of justice and good policy, and in the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, we demand of the people ilnd government of the State of Ohio the repeal of all laws that make complexiona~ discriminations, and full equality before the law. That "e will continue to agitate this subject before the people, to circulate petitions on it among the people, and memorialize the Legislature in regard to it, till our State government becomes a true democracy, conservative of equal and impartial liberty. 2d. Resolved, That "e tender to cued John Price from the bloody hands Duputy U.S. Marshal and his mercenary posse, our most hearty sympathy lind grateful thanks, for their manly, brave and Christian conduct in that and that "e pledge them our sacred honor that "henever the opportunity we "ill imitate their "orthy example. 3d. Resolved, That while we love law and order, "hile "evenerate Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution of the United States, and "hile "e are ready to support and defend that system of government "hicn finds its foundation in these great documents of freedom; that we trample the Fugi- tive Slave La" and the dicta of the Dred Scott decision beneath our feet, as huge outrages, not orily upon the Declaration of Independence and Constitution· of the United States, but upon humanity itself. ' John F. James moved that this Convention recommend Chillicothe as the next place of meeting. E. P. Walker moved to strike out Chillicothe and in- sert Toledo. David Jenkins moved to insert Cleveland instead of Toledo. D. Jenkins asked leave to "ithdraw his amendment. E. P. Walker's amendment lost. Josephus Fo"ler moved to insert Dayton. Lost. Original motion adopted. John F. James was selected as Chairman of the State Central Commi~7 tee, the other members of "hich "ere John Williams, John R. Bowles and Joseph, Ogelsby, of Chillicothe, John I. Gaines of Cincinnati, John Burke, ofColum-' bus to the ve hun ti de be ce sp sin rev co wh p jo M me Jo fo Pr S W C. Jo of th L m pe th D m s ( m r n C W G

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