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Proceedings of the State Convention of Coloured Men of the State of New Jersey, Held in the City of Trenton, N.J., July 13th and 14th, 1865; With a Short Address to the Local People of New Jersey, Together with the Constitution of the Equal Rights League of the State of New Jersey.
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PROCEEDINGS OF THE STATE CONVENTION OF THE COLOURED MEN OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY, HELD IN THE CITY OF TRENTON, N.J., JULY 13th AND 14th, 1865
WITH A SHORT ADDRESS TO THE LOYAL PEOPLE OF NEW JERSEY, TOGETHER WITH THE CONSTITUTION OF THE EQUAL RIGHTS LEAGUE OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY
To the Members of the Convention, and Members and Executive of the Equal Right's League of the State of New Jersey
The undersigned, appointed by the Executive to publish these proceedings, would most respectfully submit the result of his labors. The report has been carefully arranged, and errors where they occurred, corrected to the best of his ability, without impairing the sense of the proceedings as reported.
Truly your obed'nt Servant,
Wm. Steward, Rec. Sec.
STATE CONVENTION OF COLORED MEN HELD IN THE CITY OF TRENTON, N.J.
JULY 13th AND, 14th, 1865
The convention of Colored Men assembled in the Perry Street A.M.E. Church, in Trenton, N.J., July 13, 1865, at 2 o'clock P.M.
Rev. Theodore Gould, of Burlington, called the convention to order. Abijah Gould, Jr., of Bridgeton, was chosen chairman pro tem., and Wm. Steward, of Bridgeton, Secretary.
On motion, a committee of three was appointed on credentials, consisting of:
Rev. Robert Pinn, of Burlington. Rev. Reading B. Johns, of Princeton. Gilbert Reading.
On motion, the audience was addressed by Rev. N. H. Turpin, of Salem, while the committee were out. The Reverend gentleman did not wish to detain or delay the organization of the meeting, but proceeded to make some very pertinent remarks, stating that the object of the meeting was noble and praiseworthy. "The object," said he," of calling this convention was to form some kind of a basis for operations whereby we might secure to ourselves the recognition and use of all political rights. This object should long since have been considered by ourselves and our people."
The committee on credentials reported the names, of delegates whose seats were not contested. The full list as corrected, is as follows:--(This is also the roll of the Equal Right's League of the State of N. Jersey.)
Theodore Gould, Burlington.
Robert Pinn, "
Wm. Conover, Trenton.
Amos H. Johnson, "
Robert B. King, Bordentown
Samuel Allen, Pennington
Samuel Blackwell, "
Nelson H. Turpin, Salem City.
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