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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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Sec. 3. They shall have power to fill all vacancies caused by death, resignation or otherwise during the year.

Article IV

Sec. 1. The officers shall hold office for one year or until their successors are elected.

Sec. 2. The officers of the League shall receive such compensation as shall be determined by the Executive Committee.

Sec. 3. The District Agents of the Association shall be appointed [by] the League annually, if it see proper, and receive such compensation as the League may determine; and also, providing, that at the regular session no agents are appointed, the Executive shall perform the duty of procuring them.

Article V

Sec. 1. The sessions of the Equal right's League shall be held annually on the second Tuesday in September, commencing in 1866, in the City of Trenton, at 10 o'clock A.M., for the election of officers and the transaction of such other business as may be brought before it.

Sec. 2. At any annual meeting of the League, this constitution may be altered or amended by a vote of a majority of the members enrolled.


Extract from the Trenton State Gazette of July 15th, 1865

On Thursday the 13th of July, 1865, the people of color of the State met in convention, in the African Church on Perry street, Trenton.

The interior of the Church was still clad in its sable habiliments of memory and mourning for that true friend of all men, "The Martyred President"--Lincoln.1

The convention was composed of both sexes, and its proceedings and deliberations were conducted with strict decorum and much dignity. The male persons only taking part in the business of the convention.

The object of the convention as demonstrated by its proceedings was "to endeavor to secure equal political rights and immunities to all classes of men in the State."

The basis of an organization was effected, to be styled, "The Equal Right's League of the State of New Jersey," embracing in its members the loyal persons of the State, of all conditions and colors.

A constitution was adopted and the following officers elected:

President--Samuel G. Gould, of Trenton.

Vice Presidents--Rev. Theo. Gould, of Burlington; Rev. Robert Penn, of Burlington.

Recording Secretary--Wm. Steward, of Cumberland.

Corresponding Secretary--Rev. R. B. Johns, of Princeton.

Treasurer--Abijah Gould, of Cumberland county.

Executive Committee--The President, 1st Vice President, Recording Secretary, Rev. N. H. Turpin, Salem City; Rev. R. Johns, Princeton; Gideon Lewis, Bordentown, and Rev. Thomas H. Cooper, of Trenton.

The following address was adopted:

ADDRESS issued to the People of New Jersey, by "The Equal Right's League of the State of New Jersey"

Whereas, We, the colored people of the State of New Jersey have been for long time deprived of our political rights, have thereby labored under many disadvantages, and suffered many wrongs, the influence of which has retarded our progress and elevation; therefore, we most respectfully appeal to the citizens of New Jersey, and the friends of humanity, to restore to us all the rights of Loyal Citizens. We ask it as our right

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