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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 STATE CONVENTIONS

liberty and right, they will always find us at the front, as we have been before:

Whereas, The New Orleans Tribune has, through its influence, given support to the object of this convention, and thereby considerably contributed its share of labor in the great struggle for liberty and justice;

And Whereas, on every occasion said journal has always shown in its unfaltering devotion to the interest of our race;

And Whereas, through its large circulation among all classes of society, and its influence with the leading men of America and Europe, and its advantage of being published in French and English;

And Whereas, The Tribune has published the daily proceedings of this Convention, and has thereby exposed our just cause before its large number of readers.

Be it resolved, That the Convention returns its sincere thanks to the Tribune for the promptness it has shown in publishing the proceedings of this body.

Be it further resolved, That said journal be recognized as the true organ of the cause, and as the official journal of [the] organization.

Be it further resolved, That it is the duty of each and every league in the State to subscribe to said journal and extend its circulation among the oppressed.

NEW ORLEANS TRIBUNE

Editorial

Sunday, January 15, 1865.

The Convention of Colored Men of Louisiana has adjourned sine die. The day of the meeting of this Convention has inaugurated a new era. It was the first political move ever made by the colored people of this State acting, in a body. It was first time that delegates of the country parishes--Jefferson, Baton Rouge, Terrebonne, Lafourche, Assumption, etc.--came to this city to act upon political matters, in community with the delegates of the Crescent City.

But, that Convention has revealed to the world other and more important facts. There, were seated side by side the rich and the poor, the literate and educated man, and the country laborer, hardly released from bondage, distinguished only by the natural gifts of the mind. There, the rich landowner, the opulent tradesman, seconded motions offered by humble mechanics and freedman. Ministers of the gospel, officers and soldiers of the U.S. army, men who handle the sword or the pen, merchants and clerks,--all the classes of society were represented, and united in a common thought : the actual liberation from social and political bondage.

It was a great spectacle, and one which will be remembered for generations to come. The 9th of January will be in future, a memorable date. The speakers whom we have seen rising to prominence in this Convention will be the champions of their race. Among so many liberal and talented men, it would be unjust to make any particular distinctions. All have done their duty to the best of their ability.

But we will only express the people's sentiment in recording the brilliant manner in which Captain J. H. Ingraham, president of the Convention, has conducted the deliberations, and his unquestionable talent as a public speaker. Others have given promises of usefulness, which they will prove in due time. Messrs. A. E. Barber, Dr. R. I. Cromwell, Dr. S. E. Rogers, Rev. W. A. Dove, Capt. W. B. Barrett, Mr. J. A. Craig, Capt. J. B. Noble, Mr. L. Banks, have taken an important part in the debates.

Speakers in the French Language must not be forgotten. Messrs J. Curiel and L. Boguille, well known to our Creole population, have temporarily occupied the chair; Mr. E. Cheese was firm, and took a manly stand in defense of his opinions; Mr. C. Martinez could not possess a better knowledge of parliamentary rules, had he been for ten years a Congressman at Washington.

The country parishes were represented by remarkable delegations. Messrs. L. Thomas and H. Grimes, of Baton Rouge. Mr. G. Hunter. of Terrebonne, and

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