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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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LOUISIANA, 1865 253

several others, have contributed their full share to elucidate the questions before the Convention. It is well to remark that the country delegates were generally more radical than most of the city delegates. Don't let New Orleans stay behind.

Now, fellow-citizens, the Convention has adjourned, leaving in its place an Executive Committee. It behooves you to sustain and develop the work which has been so well inaugurated. Give your support to the National Equal Rights League. Let our six millions of people, throughout the land, be united and organized as the white men are. This is the time; and if you let the opportunity slide and pass away, you will be forever a downtrodden people.

New Orleans Tribune, January 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15, 1865.


    1.  Oscar J. Dunn (1821-1871) was the first lieutenant governor of Louisiana elected under the provisions of the constitution of 1868.  Dunn ran away from slavery and finally bought his freedom.  He also enlisted in the first regiment of black troops raised in Louisiana after New Orleans was captured by Union forces.  He subsequently attained the rank of captain and after the Civil War helped to found the Republican Party in Louisiana.  In his Black Reconstruction in America ([New York, 1935], p. 469), W. E. B. Du Bois described him as "a man of courage and firmness.  He was admitted by the Democrats to be incorruptible. . . . His sudden death in November, 1871, was a severe loss."

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