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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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minutes, and in no case shall a member be allowed to speak more than twice on the same question without unanimous consent.

J. D. LEWIS, President.





A question then arose as to whether gas could be secured for a night session.

J. Henri Burch said no ; they had gas only in the day time.

G. L. Knox, of Indiana, said there was no use going through the streets in the day time in order to hold a night session. There was an impression abroad that the Northern delegates had come there to take away the colored people in the Southern States from their homes. That was not so.

The Conference then adjourned until 9 o' clock tomorrow morning.

After the Conference had adjourned an invitation to visit Central Tennessee College was read, and action thereon deferred.


The National Colored Conference was called to order at 9 o' clock by Permanent Chairman Lynch, and the proceedings were opened with prayer by Rev. J. T. Jenifer.

The Chairman stated that it was not necessary to read an extended report of the proceedings of the day before, as the American had very courteously made a very full and correct report of the proceedings, which possibly all had read.

The reading of the minutes was accordingly dispensed with.

On motion of Hon. James T. Rapier, of Alabama, the names of H. V. Cashin and P. J. Crenshaw were added to the list of delegates from Alabama.

Rev. J. T. Jenifer said that while they were much obliged to the press for an extended report, the Conference should not be under obligations to the American, for a more correct report of the names of the delegates than had been furnished by the committee. In many cases he found that the names were more correctly reported in the American than on the rolls.

The Chairman said that all delegates, when they arose, should announce their names and State, and then they would be certain to be reported correctly.

A request was made by the Chairman that there be no applause in the galleries.

Rev. T. W. Henderson, of Kansas, was enrolled as a delegate.

Governor Pinchback moved to increase the membership of the various committees from five to one from each State, or seventeen in each committee, that number of States being represented.

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