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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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13. Resolved, That we recommend the formation of Lyceums in every town, village and settlement in the State.

14. Resolved, That we suspend our school operations for one year, but would recommend to the people the necessity of sustaining and keeping up schools in some other way.

15. Resolved, That the members of the Convention guarantee to their Commissioners, by way of subscription, the amount proposed to be paid them for their services.

16. Resolved, That we most heartily return thanks to the kind people of Alton for the hospitable manner in which we have been received and entertained among them.

17. Resolved, That we have three hundred copies of the minutes printed.

18. Resolved, That the Convention return its thanks to the President, for the able and impartial manner he has presided over its deliberations; and to the other officers for the faithful manner in which they have severally discharged their duties.*

  • NOTE—In revising the proceedings, many of the resolutions, as numbered in the minutes, are left out, for the reason that they are embodied in motions recorded elsewhere in the proceedings.

CONSTITUTION, BY-LAWS AND RULES FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPEAL ASSOCIATION AUXILIARY TO THE STATE REPEAL ASSOCIATION, LOCATED AT CHICAGO, COOK COUNTY

PREAMBLE

WHEREAS, We, the people of color of the State of Illinois, are cursed by the blighting influence of oppression, as displayed in the inequality of its laws, in depriving us of the rights of oath and franchise. And whereas, we believe these laws to be morally wrong and impolitic. Therefore, we deem it our duty to organize associations to employ all lawful honorable means for the repeal of the Black Laws of the State, and for the final accession of our political rights. In view of these facts, we do adopt the following:

ARTICLE I.

The name of this Association shall be the “___________________ Association.” The officers shall be a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Corresponding Secretary and an Executive Committee of five.

ARTICLE II.

The object of this Association shall be to obtain for the colored people of Illinois all the rights and immunities of citizenship. It will endeavor to obtain the rights and immunities by holding meetings, delivering lectures and circulating petitions, thereby producing such a change in public opinion as shall induce the voters of the commonwealth, when presented therewith, and Legislature, when petitioned, to grant them.

ARTICLE III.

Any person may become a member of this Association by paying an initiation fee of twenty-five cents, or the tax imposed by the Convention.

ARTICLE IV.

The stated meetings of this Association shall be held on the second Tuesday of each month, at which time all monthly dues, will be received, together with the report of the Treasurer and Secretary and the different Committees that may be appointed from time to time. The officers of the Association shall discharge the duties usually attaching themselves to their

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