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

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and by every other means in their power urge upon the Legislature the propriety of appropriate legislation upon this subject.

Resolved, That having asked more than once that something be done by the State to assist in the education of our children, and having been as repeatedly denied, we hereby renew our request, and pledge ourselves to continue to ask and agitate until the same rights are accorded to us as are enjoyed by other citizens of the State.

Moved by T. G. Steward, seconded by Prince N. Caldwell.

Hon. L. F. Riddle, Senator from New Castle County, being present, was invited to address the Convention. He spoke of the general need of reform, and said the Republicans in the Legislature were a unit on all questions relating to the rights of colored citizens. His speech was well received and frequently applauded.

Committee on Civil rights reported the following resolutions :

WHEREAS, There is now pending before Congress a bill known as the Supplemental Civil Rights Bill, securing all citizens equal rights in schools, churches, railroad cars, steamboats, hotels, and all other public places, introduced by the Hon. Charles Sumner : AND WHEREAS, This bill is of special interest to the people of Delaware, for reasons too well known to require stating. Therefore,

Resolved, That believing a glaring necessity exists for the passage of an explicit general law upon the subject, and believing the measure proposed is eminently wise and just, we unite our voice with that of the colored people throughout the country, and call upon Congress to pass said bill and thus complete the good work of national regeneration.

On motion the Convention adjourned to meet at 7 1/2 P. M.


DOVER, DEL., January 9, 1873.

Convention met at 7 1/2 P. M., pursuant to adjournment, with Rev. Solomon Cooper, the President in the chair.

Prayer was offered by Rev. Charles R. Horsey.

The roll of delegates called the members present answering to their names.

Reading of minutes of afternoon session dispensed with.

The President declared the Convention ready for business, when the following resolutions were read, discussed, amended, and finally adopted :

WHEREAS, There are now several schools for colored children in this State sustained in part by "The Delaware Association for the Moral and Mental Improvement of Colored People," and taught generally by colored teachers, some of whom were raised up in our midst ;

AND WHEREAS, The need of schools entirely free for the people is urgent and imperative, and demanding more of means than the Association is able to employ. Therefore,

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