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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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252 BLACK STATE CONVENTIONS

liberty and right, they will always find us at the front, as we

before:

Whereas, The New Orleans

support to the object of this , and thereby considerabl

ted its share of labor in the great struggle for liberty and justr

And WhereasI on every occasion said journal has always shown

unfaltering devotion to the interest of our race;

And Whereas, through its large circulation among all classe

and its influence with the leading men of America and Europe an~ tage of being published in French and English; , l- And Whereas, The Tribune has published the

vention, and has thereby exposed our just cause

readers.

Be it resolved, That the Convention returns its sincere thank

Tribune for the promptness it has shown in publishing "'he proceed'

body.

Be it further resolved, That said journal be recognized as

organ of ,the cause, and as the official journal of [the] organizat

Be 2t further resolved, That it is the duty of each and every

the State to subscribe to said journal and extend its circulation

oppressed.

NEW ORLEANS TRIBUNE

Editorial

Sunday, January 15, 1865.

The Convention of Colored Men of Louisiana has adjourned sine

day of the meeting of this Convention has inaugurated a new era.

first political move ever made by the colored people of the State

a body. It was the first time that delegates of the country pa

ferson, Baton Rouge, Terrebonne, Lafourche, Assumption, etc.--came t

city to act upon political matters, in community with the delegates

Crescent City.

But, that Convention has revealed to the world other and mOre

facts. There, were seated side by side the rich and the poor, the

and educated man, and the country laborer, hardly released from bon

tinguished only by the natural gifts of the mind. There, the rich

the opulent tradesman, seconded motions offered by humble mechanics

men. Ministers of the gospel, officers and soldiers of the U.S. a

who.handle the sword or the pen, merchants and clerks,--all the c

soclety were represented, and united in a common thought: the act

tion from social and political bondage.

It was a great spectacle, and one which will be remembered fo

tions to come. The 9th of January will be in future, a memorable

speakers whom we have seen rising to prominence in this Convention

champions of their race. Among so many liberal and talented men i

unjust to make any particular distinctions. All have done their'du

best of their ability.

But we will only express the people's sentiment in recording t

liant manner in which Captain J. H. Ingraham, president of the Conv

conducted the deliberations, and his unquestionable talent as a pub

speaker. Others have given promises of usefulness, which they will

due time. Messrs. A. E. Barber, Dr. R. I. Cromwell, Dr. S. W. Roge

W. A. Dove, Capt. W. B. Barrett, Mr. J. A. Craig, Capt. J. B. Noble,

Banks, have taken an important part in the debates.

Speakers in the French language must not be forgotten. MessrsJ;'

and L. Boguille, well-known to our Creole population have temporarily

pied the chair; Mr. E. Ches~e was firm, and took a m~nlY stand in defe

his opinions; Mr. C. Martinez could not possess a better knowledge of

parliamentary rules, had he been for ten years a Congressman at'Washi

The country parishes were represented by remarkable delegations.

L. Thomas and H. Grimes, of Baton Rouge, Mr. G. Hunter, of Terrebonne,

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