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Proceedings of a Convention of the Colored Men of Ohio, held in Xenia, on the 10th, 11th and 12th days of January, 1865 : with the Constitution of Ohio Equal Rights League.

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PROCEEDINGS OF A CONVENTION OF THE COLORED MEN OF OHIO, HELD IN XENIA ON THE 10th, 11th AND 12th DAYS OF JANUARY, 1865; WITH THE CONSTITUTION OF THE OHIO EQUAL RIGHTS LEAGUE

PROCEEDINGS OF A CONVENTION OF THE COLORED MEN OF OHIO

Tuesday, January 10, 1865 -- 10 A.M.

The Convention met in the First Baptist Church.

David Jenkins, of Columbus, called the house to order.

On motion, Elder Jas. Poindexter, of Columbus, was chosen Chairman of the temporary organization, and J. A. Thompson, of the same place, Secretary.

Messrs. J. McSimpson, Rev. J. T. Ward, and J. M. Devine were appointed a Committee on Credentials.

During the absence of the committee, Messrs. Jenkins, Poindexter and others made brief speeches.

On motion, the following gentlemen were appointed to nominate officers for a permanent organization: J. T. Ward, Rev. J. A. Warren, Eld. G. W. Bryant, Wesley Gassoway, Henry Hurd, H. Ford, Rev. J. M. Devine, George W. Wilson, and Benjamin Hudson.

On motion of D. Jenkins, the rules of the National Convention, held at Syracuse, N.Y., October 4th, 1864, were adopted as the rules of order of this Convention.

By amendment, it was voted to hold night sessions from 7 to 10 each evening.

Afternoon session.

Rev. J. A. Warren opened the session with prayer. Elder James Poindexter in the chair. Minutes read and approved.

Committee on permanent organization reported as follows:

Elder James Poindexter, President; David Jenkins, Rev. J. A. Warren, Rev. E. Davis, F. D. Merritt, J. McSimpson, Vice Presidents; G. G. Collins, First Secretary; J. A. Thompson, Second Secretary; Rev. Jesse Devine, Chaplain.

On motion, the report of the committee was adopted and discharged.

On motion of Mr. David Jenkins, Messrs. Samuel Troy, Jr., J. D. Betts, and J. H. Johnson were appointed a Finance Committee.

On motion, it was resolved to appoint a Business Committee of nine; afterwards the number was increased to thirteen.

The following gentlemen were appointed that committee, viz: Messrs. A. J. Anderson, D. Jenkins, John Booker, E. C. Jackson, R. J. Robinson, Rev. H. J. Young, Rev. John A. Warren, H. Ford, Rev. J. Miller, Dr. J. McSimpson, Henry Hurd, A. N. Redman, J. C. Abney.

Mr. Robinson offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That the Convention will appoint a committee of one or more, to labor with the General Assembly, for the repeal of the laws which disfranchise the colored citizens of Ohio, and that the said committee be paid a

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