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Proceedings of the National Conference of Colored Men of the United States, Held in the State Capitol at Nashville Tennessee, May 6, 7, 8 and 9, 1879.


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and was followed by a burst of applause. The " Lord's Prayer" was then chanted in equally as good style, and was followed by similar applause. The following are the names of the singers who were present: Miss Maggie Porter, Miss G. M. Gordon, Messrs. H. D. Alexander, B. W. Thomas, Calvin Anderson, F. J. Loudin.

Rev. J. T. Jenifer offered the following preamble and resolution, which was adopted:

Whereas we, the delegates of the colored citizens of the United States, in Conference assembled, having: heard with so much delight the sweet songs of the celebrated Jubilee Singers ;

Resolved, That we do hereby express our delight and thanks, and most respectfully request them to give us an entertainment at such a time as shall be hereafter arranged.

Rev. Allan Allensworth offered a resolution providing for the appointment of a committee of nine on resolutions. Referred.

Richard Allen, of Texas, moved for a committee of nine on rules.


C. O. H. Thomas asked that all members of the Conference who had papers, be allowed to have them referred to the appropriate committees. He also moved that some of these papers be now read.

The Chair said papers could be so referred.

Rev. D. Wadkins offered the following resolution:

In order to concentrate our thoughts and expedite the business of the Conference,

Resolved, That we define the work to be first, to ascertain as near as practicable the present condition of the colored people in the United States and Territories; and second, to suggest the proper course for them to pursue to ameliorate said condition.

The resolution was referred to the Committee on Resolutions.

Ex-Congressman Rainey offered a resolution calling for a committee on finance to collect funds for stationery, printing, & c. He also suggested that two pages should be appointed. The resolution was adopted.

Rev. G. H. Shafer offered a resolution that the delegates be seated by States. Agreed to.

Rev. Allan Allensworth moved that ---- Gooch and John Merry be appointed pages. Carried.

J. A. Braboy, of Indiana, offered the following resolutions:

Resolved, That it is the duty of this Conference to hear the grievances of our Southern brethren concerning their impaired rights, concerning education, and all their rights as American citizens, politics excepted.

Resolved, That unless the white friends take immediate steps to guarantee such rights, there will be an immediate emergency exist for an entire exodus of the race from the States in order to ameliorate their condition.

Resolved, That it is the duty of this Conference to appoint an executive committee at the capital of each State of the several States to aid, if

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