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Proceedings of the First Convention of the Colored Citizens of the State of Illinois, Convened at the City of Chicago, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 6th, 7th and 8th, 1853.

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Morgan County

A. W. Jackson, B. Henderson,} Jacksonville.


Will County

Augustus Hill,} Joliet.

William Liverse,} Lockport.


Madison County

{R. J. Robinson, A. M. Ellsworth, H. Ellsworth,} Alton.


Jo. Daviess County

A. H. Richardson, R. H. Cain,} Galena.


Sangamon County

Spencer Donagan, Wlliam H. Robinson, W. H. Butler,} Springfield.


Edgar and Coles County

Rev. Henry Brown, Paris.


Cook County

H. O. Wagoner, J. D. Bonner, John Jones, J. H. Barguet, William Johnson, Alex Smith, William Smith, R. H. Rollins, E. Gordon, C. W. Campbell, William T. Watson, S. Sparrow, Geo. Mead, Bennet Johnson, Rev. Byrd Parker, Lewis Isbell, B. J. Smith, L. Johnson, E. A. Fulton, A. T. Hall,} Chicago


McLean County

William J. Davis


Copy in the Chicago Historical Society.


ADDRESS OF THE COLORED STATE CONVENTION TO THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, OCTOBER, 1853

Fellow Citizens:--We have here assembled as delegates representing the colored people of the State of Illinois, in the capacity of a State Convention, to confer together and to deliberate upon our intellectual, moral, industrial, civil, and political condition, and particularly our condition, as effected by the "Black Law" of the State,--to declare our sentiments, and to devise ways and means which may, through the blessing of God, tend to our improvement, elevation, and progress--fully believing that our cause is one that commends itself to all good men throughout the civilized world--that it

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