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Proceedings of the State Convention of Colored Citizens of the State of Illinois, held in the city of Alton, Nov. 13th, 14th and 15th, 1856.

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PROCEEDINGS OF THE STATE CONVENTION OF COLORED CITIZENS OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS,

HELD IN THE CITY OF ALTON, .NOV. 13th, 14th AND 15th,

PROCEEDINGS OF CONVENTION

Morning Session, Alton, November 13th, 1856.

Pursuant to the following call issued by the Cook County "Central Committee," the Convention of colored men of the State of Illinois, met in Colored Baptist Church, at 10 o'clock A.M. On motion of John Jones, of Cook, W. L. Barnes, of Peoria, was called to the Chair, pro tem., and H. Ford Douglass, of Cook, appointed Secretary, pro tem.

CALL FOR A STATE CONVENTION, TO BE HELD AT ALTON, THURSDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, 13th, 14th & 15th OF NOVEMBER NEXT

To the Colored Citizens of the State of Illinois:

You are hereby requested to meet in Convention at the above named time and place, to exercise a Constitutional Right, that is guaranteed to all the people: Peaceably to Assemble and to Petition the Government for a Redress Grievances.

This right you are called upon to exercise as Men; for it is well known to us that there are Laws on the Statutes of this State which are disgraceful to the State, and to the age in which we live, and should be erased and blotted out from its history's memory.

The Laws referred to are as follows against the Colored People of the State:

First.--We complain of being taxed without the right to vote.

Second.--We are denied the right to testify against a white man before Court of Justice, thereby denying us all means of access to law to protect ourselves against designing men to impose upon colored men at their will, because we are deprived of the key by which we gain access to the law in the absence of all white men.

Third.--We pay School Taxes without the privilege of sending our children to public Schools.

It is not necessary for us to comment upon what ought to be done in premises, for it is a subject that should commend itself to every colored man and woman in the State, and their duty in regard to it is plain. So then let us hold a Convention and devise ways and means by which this subject may be brought before the people and kept before them until something shall be done. Let us have a representative from every locality in the State--East, West, North and South--come up unitedly, to work for the right against the wrong and give our Legislature no rest until our cause shall have a hearing.

The following Committee was appointed by a Mass Meeting of Colored Citizens of Chicago, held in the A.M.E. Church, August 28th, 1856, to publish

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