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State Convention of the Colored People of Louisiana, January 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th, 1865


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BLACK 250 STATE CONVENTIONS the suffrage, except to educated men. The whites and the blacks ly and unequally taxed for the schools. If we are not citizens soldiers of us? That Legislature has been only elected by the " not before them, but before the world, that we have to lay (Applause. ) Capt. a memorial J. to B. the Noble and Mr.A. Legislature, we E. only Barber recognize are of the opinionthatb de facto g~veY Mr. H. Grimes finds that civil law is now moving in a very n Had the men who had the power of dragging us through the streets, pressing us into the army, be willing of granting to the colored suffrage, what could have prevented them to do so? TheConventi emanated from the military power, and could freely grant us our black man, born on this land, is better entitled, to citizenship emigrant, who is received with open arms. If this petition ist as our soldiers have been, as we ourselves have been, then, gent have better never send that memorial. (Applause.) ~ Rev. W. A. Dove do not see yet any good reason not~ to sendt to the Legislature. It is true that we will meet there political it is so in all the States. Congress itself is a Congress of whi ing for white men. But, the sending of this memorial is the firs take, in this matter, and it is proper that we take it at the sta Capt. J. H. Ingraham speaks for the third time, by consent 0 tion. He denies that the Legislature be the proper authority to That body has treated with contempt every bill which was in favor we have blood in our veins, we will not seek to be once more reb in the"language of Patrick Henry, we will say, "give me liberty, death. (Loud applause; the proceedings are suspended for a few After some remarks, full of feeling, by Dr. A. W. Lewis and Allen, the roll is called, which resulted as follows: 22 ayes, and The official record of the vote will be found in our french leading The result of the vote appeared to give general satisfaction. The report of the committee on grievances is taken up. A lett by Messrs. R. H. Isabelle and J. F. Winston, addressed to the Gener ing the Division of West Mississippi, is read, exposing the ill the black and complaining of the militia regulations. Messrs. H. Grimes and L. Thomas add new facts to the ously mentioned. All the communications are referred to the Committee on Grieva the Executive Committee is empowered to have them printed. The Convention proceeds to elect the Executive Committee. The gentlemen are duly elected: L. Banks, President, by 41 votes; J. P. Vice-President, by 35; Chas. Aubert, Treasurer, by [illegible]; Cap Morphy, Corresponding Secretary, by 38; Rev. R. McCarey, Recordi by [illegible]; R. C. Baylor, Sargent-at-arms, by [illegible]; Ingraham, Superintendent of the Bureau of Industry by the unan 63 delegates; and O. S. Dunn,l First Assistant, by 32 votes. T bers of the Executive Committee will be elected during the next Rev. J. Allen gives the benediction. At quarter past five o'clock P.M., the Convention Saturday, January 14, 1865. The Convention is called to order at half-past eleven o'clock; H. Ingraham in the chair. Prayer offered by Rev. George Steptoe. R called; 55 delegates answer to their names. Capt. Conway, Col. H Plumley, Mr. W. Messrs. J. R. B. Harmount Noble, J. and F. Winston other distinguished and P. THE STATE CONVENTION visitors were Hill ask for a sus the rules, in order to offer a motion to reconsider the vote on the to the Legislature. After a debate during which Messrs. H. Berryma Noble, Rev. R. McCarey and J. A. Craig are heard on one side of the and Messrs. Dr. R. 1. Cromwell and Rev. J. Allen on the other side, pension of the rules does not obtain a two-thirds vote, as required by

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