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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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345

OHIO, 1865

President

Peter H. Clark..........................................Hamilton County.

Vice President

David Jenkins..........................................Franklin County.

Recording Secretary

John P. Sampson....................................Hamilton County.

Corresponding Secretary

John Booker............................................Franklin County.

Treasurer

Rufus Conrad..........................................Hamilton County.

Executive Committee

A. J. Anderson ...................................... Butler County.

J. T. Ward...............................................Franklin County.

J.M. Moore.............................................Hamilton County.

J. A. Shorter...........................................Hamilton County.

J. H. Scott..............................................Lorain County.

Adjourned.

Morning Session, January 12th, 1865.

Mr. David Jenkins in the chair. Prayer by Rev. H. J. Young. Minutes read and approved.

A motion was offered to adjourn at 11 o'clock -- amended by substituting 4 o'clock. The whole subject was then laid on the table.

The resolution reported from the Business Committee and adopted by the Convention, ordering the publication of the school law, was, on motion, reconsidered. Mr. J. M. Langston read, by request, the parts of the school law relating to colored schools.

The resolution was amended by striking out the words "all legal rights and privileges guaranteed by the State," and inserting "all laws and parts of laws referring to colored children." The resolution as amended was then adopted.

Dr. J. McSimpson offered a resolution for the appointment of a committee to ascertain the number of colored men from Ohio in regiments formed out of the State; the number of killed, wounded, captured, &c. The resolution was adopted, and Dr. J. McSimpson, Messrs. J. T. Ward and J. M. Langston were appointed that committee.

Mr. J. H. Williams, of Chillicothe, offered a resolution requesting each member of the Convention to procure signers to a petition praying the Legislature to remove all disabilities on account of color. Adopted.

Mr. E. C. Jackson here requested the permission of the Convention to read an important item of news just received. Leave was granted. He then proceeded to read the dispatch announcing the action of the Missouri State Convention by which slavery was forever abolished in that State. The Convention received the news with loud and prolonged cheering.

Rev. J. A. Warren moved that the Convention sing a doxology, which was amended, on motion of Mr. J. M. Langston, that after singing Rev. John A. Warren shall offer a prayer of thanksgiving to Almighty God. Adopted.

After singing the doxology, and the prayer by the Rev. John A. Warren, the Convention resumed the consideration of business.

It was then resolved that after Mr. Langston's lecture in the evening the meeting be turned into a celebration of the glorious event, the announcement of which had caused so much joy.

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