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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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to be found in the character of the white man, and shun scrupulously his vices.

J. W. Cromwell, of Virginia, made some remarks complimentary to Dr. Augusta.

Elder Daniel Wadkins, of Tennessee, raised the point of order that they had come here to discuss subjects and not men.

Vice-President Nicholas said the reason he did not entertain the point of order was from the fact that whenever they could find a colored man whom they could eulogize, they should eulogize him. [Loud applause.]

Secretary Cromwell then read a paper written by J. C. Corbin, of Arkansas, on the political status of the colored people. [See Appendix B.]

J. T. Jenifer, of Arkansas, offered the following:

Whereas this Conference of the colored citizens of the United States is one of the most Interesting and important assemblies ever convened in America; and

Whereas the proceedings of this Conference should be published,

Resolved, That the Committee on Finance be most respectfully requested to propose some plan to the Conference for the publication of the proceedings in pamphlet form.


Several delegates desired to discuss the papers immediately after their being read.

The Chairman decided that according to parliamentary usage this could not be done. An appeal was taken from his decision declaring out of order a call for the previous question on a motion to have the papers immediately discussed. During the discussion which followed it was observed that Rev. Daniel Wadkins, of Tennessee, made a dozen several and distinct efforts to obtain the floor, but failed.

At this juncture the Chairman resumed his place, and, before any action was taken on the pending question, the hour of 12 had arrived and the Conference adjourned until 2 p. m.


The Conference reassembled at 2 p. m.

The following list of committees appointed by the President was then read :

RESOLUTIONS AND ADDRESS.-- Hon. P. B. S. Pinchback, Louisiana; Hon. M. W. Gibbs, Arkansas; Thomas Richardson, Mississippi; Allan Allensworth, Kentucky; J. W. Wilson, Missouri; Rev. W. H. Ashe, Alabama; W. A. Pledger, Georgia; J. W. Cromwell, Virginia; J. H. S. Parker, District of Columbia; Richard Allen, Texas; D. Jones, Oregon; William Still, Pennsylvania; J. J. Bird, Illinois; Colonel Robert Harlan, Ohio; H. G. Newsom, Nebraska; Hon. J. H. Rainey, South Carolina; S. E. Hardy, Minnesota; W. F. Yardley, Tennessee; F. D. Morton, Indiana; Rev. T.W. Henderson, Kansas.

EDUCATION AND LABOR.-- J. W. Cromwell, Virginia; H. C. Binford,

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