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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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OHIO, 1858 Clermont County.--Rev. H. J. Andrews, V. R. Hoor, O. T. B. 'N~ckens, Mrs. bster, Miss Alphea Austin~ Miss V. Harding, Hiss C. Colem~n. ley, Delaware Miss County.--J. D. A. Williamson, J. W~lliamson, Hiss H. Crawford, F.D. Merritt, Miss V. Jas. scurry, K~zer,M~ss Mrs. c; D. is. Franklin County.--D. Jenkins, J. T. ,-lard, Mrs. C. Hackley, Mrs. A. Red- Mrs. M. Buckner, Miss M. J., Hopkins, Miss S. Davis. Hamilton County.--P. H. Clark, T. J. Goode, Josephus Fowler, Mrs. A. E. Mrs. E. Cooper, Mrs. M. A. Aray, Mrs. Jane Jackson. LOrain County.--John Watson, O. S. B. Wall, J. M. Langston, Miss S. Wall, Watson, Mrs. Campton. Lucas'County.--E. P. Walker, Wm. H. Merritt, , Mrs. M. J. Ellis, Mrs. E. ,P. Walker, Mrs. REFERENCE NOTES Charles O. Jacobs, Ellis, Mrs. Mrs. Wm. Wm. H. Greene County.--Wesley Roberts, Washington Bryant, Chas. W. Sweet, Mrs. Bryant, Mrs. Nancy Ruddles, Mrs. Wm. Hunster. RosS County.--John F. James, C. D. Williams, J. A. Chancellor, Catherine , H. B. Roberts, A. E. Nickens, Elizabeth Isaacs. County.--Allen Henson, Thos. Davis, John Johnson, Miss Ellen Miss H. Broady, Miss V. Ball. 1. The reference is to the Dred Scott decision of 1857, identified , above. 2. Frances Ellen Watkins (1825-1911), Negro authoress and lecturer, was 'born in Baltimore, Maryland. Miss Watkins was the niece of the Reverend : William Watkins,~y State Central Committee J. Elias Reynolds, P. Walker, Sandusky; J. C. John Greener, I.,Gaines, G. W. Cincinnati; Tucker, W. H. Wm. Merritt, Munson, Toledo; Cleveland. in the Harvard University Library. whom she was raised and educated. Her first collection ,~fpoetry and prose, entitled Forest Leaves was published in 1845. Then, in '1854, appeared another volume of verse, Poems on Miscellaneous Subjects. Ac- ;tive in the,antislavery movement, she delivered her first lecture, "Education and the Elevation of the Colored Race," in 1854 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. 'After this, she lectured extensively throughout the North. She was married 'to Fenton Harper in Cincinnati in 1860, and lived with him on a farm near "Columbus, Ohio, until his death in 1864, when whe resumed her lecturing. The "c closing years of her life were spent in Philadelphia. 3. The reference is to the famous Oberlin-Wellington Rescue case of ':'September 13, 1858. On that day, John Price, a black man, living in Oberlin, "'Ohio, was arrested by a deputy United States marshal and his assistant and two Kentuckians who claimed him as a runaway slave from Kentucky. Removed to Wellington, Ohio, which was a station on the Cleveland and Columbus railroad, he was temporarily detained in a tavern preparatory to his journey back to Kentucky. News spread quickly of his arrest, however, and soon a crowd of people from both Oberlin and Wel~ington gathered and demanded that Price be freed. Fearful that a violent incident might ensue, his captors freed him and he was quickly led to safety. The thirty-seven people implicated in the rescue were indicted by a United States grand jury on December 6. Most of those charged were from Oberlin, a few from Wellington. By pre-arrangement, however, pending prosecu- , tions against most of those indicted were dropped. Among those who were con- >'victed was Charles H. Langston, a prominent Ohio Negro leader. He was let off with a small fine and a few days imprisonment, however, after he had swayed the court in a brilliant and moving speech in his defense.

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