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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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respective stations, and shall continue In office until their successors are elected and installed.


The annual meeting for the election of officers shall be held on the second Tuesday in January, by ballot, unless otherwise ordered, at which time there shall be a full report of the condition of the affairs of the Association by all officers and the several committees.

The duties of the Executive Committee shall be to superintend the public affairs of the Association, make necessary provision for all meetings of the Society, and the getting up of all hand-bills, the proper circulation of petitions and memorials.


All Lecturers and Agents in the service of this Society shall be directed in their labors by the Executive Committee.


The money for the prosecution of the designs of this Association shall be received by initiation fees, monthly dues, proceeds of lectures, donations and bequest. The Treasurer shall give bonds to the Executive Committee, at any time, for double the amount of moneys or property delivered into his possession. The official capacity of any member shall not render him ineligible to any appointment that the Executive Committee may deem proper to confer upon him.


It shall be the duty of all officers of this Association, on leaving office, to deliver to their successors all books, papers, money and property of the Society. Any officer, for the non-performance of constitutional duties, may be fined or expelled, at the option of two-thirds of the members present.


Any members who shall fail to pay their monthly dues for two successive monthly meetings, unless in case of absence from the city or sickness, shall be expelled. In case of vacancies, by resignation or otherwise, the Society shall proceed by election to fill such vacancies at the next stated meeting. Seven members shall constitute a quorum of this Society. This may be altered or amended by a vote of two-thirds of the members present at the annual meetings, but may not be disorganized until we have obtained all of our political rights.



Any officer who shall fail to be at any regular meeting of the Association at the hour of eight o’ clock, shall be fined not less than ten nor more than fifty cents; and if they refuse to pay such fine, on trial and conviction thereof, they shall be expelled.


At the close of the regular meetings, the roll shall be called, and those who shall fail to answer to their names, shall be fined not less than ten nor more than fifty cents.


I. Upon the appearance of a quorum the President shall call the Association to order.

II. The meetings of this Association shall be opened with prayer.

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