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Proceedings of the State Convention of the colored citizens of Tennessee, held in Nashville, Feb. 22d, 23d, 24th & 25th, 1871.
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No meeting Nor schoolhouses. Weare working for one-third or two-fifths of the crop. We have no show before the law. We are obliged to do this to stay here, and then we can hardly do so for the Kuklux. Their test is three hundred noises.
The report includes generally the county. We colored people are suffering greatly. The way we have to work we cannot make a decent support for our families.
[signed.] John Lockwood, Chairman.
M. MORRIS, Secretary.
A County Convention was held in Clarksville on the 18th inst, the result of which is a full report from Montgomery county.
H. R. Roberts was made Chairman and E. J. Conrad Secretary. After appointing the proper committees to make a complete organization, the following reports were made from the different districts, which were laid before this convention.
A. J. Newson reported the first district as follows:
We have one school, with seventy-eight pupils: two hundred and fifty children not attending school: Two churches. Wages for laborers from eight to twelve dollars per month, common hands 75 cents to one dollar per day and find themselves. Mechanics wages from 1.60 to two dollars per day. Women's wages from four to five dollars per month.
L. M. Jordan reported the second district as follows:
One school with one hundred pupils and thirty in daily attendancce. Many of our laborers are defrauded out of their wages after working the whole year.
The employers will not settle unless we agree to take what they offer, which is so small we cannot live on it. They sometimes offer us clothing at high prices, and we are obliged to take that or nothing, We are abused for voting the Republican ticket.
William Clark reports one school with eighty pupils and seventy in daily attendance.
Wages for men from ten to twelve dollars, and women from two to three dollars per month. Farming laborers' wages are from 140 to 150 dollars per year, and then we are made to pay for all our provisions.
A meeting held at New Providence reported this district as follows:
We have one school with one hundred and sixty pupils in attendance. There are two hundred and sixty children in this district. The average wages are about the same as reported for the sixth district. We were pleased to have the Fifteenth Amendment passed, but are grieved to know that there is no justice for us under it. We have no show before the law. Many of us after working hard and coming out a few dollars ahead, cannot get even that. If we get an execution and put it into the hands of a constable, if it is against a white man, he will keep it awhile and then say he cannot make the money. Some of our friends in the lower part of the county have been badly beaten by masked men but dare not say anything about it.
R. Gordon reported no schools nor school house. A man and his family, having four in the family at work, gets only $150 a year for all: The neighborhood has made an agreement not to pay more than this.
W.Y . Clark reports one school with one hundred and fifty pupils, and twenty in daily attendance. Wages for men from seven to twelve dollars per month, and women from five to seven. At the last election in 1870, no polls were opened in this precinct until three o'clock in the afternoon.
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