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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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After considerable discussion, Rev. Allan Allensworth, of Kentucky, called the previous question.

Governor Pinchback' s motion then prevailed.

Invitations from the Central Tennessee College, Nashville Institute and Fisk University, were read.

Rev. Allan Allensworth moved that a special committee of five be appointed to report what time it would be best for the Conference to visit the above institutions.

J. D. Lewis, of Pennsylvania, moved as a substitute that the invitations be referred to the Committee on Education and Labor.


J. R. Taylor, of San Antonio, Texas, was enrolled as a delegate.

Rev. W. H. McAlpin, of Alabama, offered the following resolution:

Whereas there are questions of vast importance to come before the body; therefore

Resolved, That certain hours be set apart to consider the report of each committee, and that a committee of three be appointed to arrange the time for each committee to report and to consider said report.


By J. Henri Burch, of Louisiana:

Resolved, That the printed report of the recent Labor Convention held at Vicksburg, Miss., on May 3 to 6, be referred to the Committee on Migration, when appointed, with a request that they report back to this Convention whether, in their opinion, the real causes and remedies for the present exodus appear in any part of said report.


By R. R. Wright:

Resolved, That each delegation of the several States submit to this Conference, by written report, prior to the discussion of the topic of migration, a succinct statement of the true condition of the masses, or country inhabitants, of their respective States with regard to labor and education ; and be it further

Resolved, That such statement govern the action of this Conference with respect to the subject of migration.


By W. H. Council, of Alabama:

Resolved, That whereas the principal business men and farmers have entered into contracts for the present year. we deem this an untimely season to agitate the question of migration, believing that it would prove detrimental to the interests of all concerned.

2. That we are opposed to a general and sudden exodus of our people for any part of the country, but recommend a careful consideration of the matter for all who desire to migrate, and after such mature consideration and calm reflection, if they are satisfied that their condition can be improved by emigration, we advise gradual migration.

3. That the emigration question should be considered apart from politics, and should be based upon business calculation.


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