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Proceedings of the Convention of Colored People Held in Dover, Del., January 9, 1873.

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St. Georges, (East)..................Samuel Segars.

Wilmington........................ {Daniel P. Hamilton.

....................................................J. W. Layton.

....................................................A.R. Henry.

....................................................T.G. Steward.

....................................................J.B. Williams.

....................................................L.J. Coppin.

....................................................Caleb Milborn.

....................................................W.H. Clayton.

On motion, the report was adopted and the bounds of the Convention fixed. Reporters for the press were invited to seats within the bar, and furnished tables.

Mr. J.W. Layton, of Wilmington, was invited to address the Convention, which he did at some length, referring to all the work that had been done so far to secure educational facilities for the colored people of Delaware.

The Committee on permanent organization reported the following list of officers:

President.— Rev. Solomon Cooper.

Vice Presidents.—John Shockley, and Samuel Segars.

Secretaries.— L.J. Coppin, and A R Henry.

Which was accepted by the Convention.

The President took the chair and announced the Convention opened for business.

The several clergymen present, viz: Rev. H. Smith, Rev. R. Barney, Rev. J. Ash, Rev. J. Brinkley, and others, were invited to seats within the bar, and to participate in the deliberations of the Convention.

The following Committees were appointed:

On Civil Rights.— Samuel Segars, J.R. Fisher, Caleb Milborn.

On Address.— T.G Steward, Prince N. Caldwell, Chas. R. Horsey

On Finance.— J.H. Ducky, Jacob Bryant, George Riggs.

On Publication.—L.J. Coppin, A.R. Henry, D.P. Hamilton, Prince N. Caldwell.

Mrs. F.E.W. Harper being present was invited to address the Convention.

She spoke in eloquent terms of the efforts of the colored people, and hoped they would not cease until equal rights were in fact within the reach of all.

After which the following resolutions were presented and adopted:

WHEREAS, There is now being circulated for signatures a petition addressed to the Legislature of the State, asking that the same facilities for education as are enjoyed by others from the State, be extended to the colored people. AND WHEREAS, This is a subject of the utmost importance to us all, and one upon which we cannot afford the least division in sentiment or action. Therefore,

Resolved, That we cordially approve of said movement and recommend that our people throughout the State do sign said petition,

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