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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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extreme Southern States, should be encouraged and kept in motion until those who are left are are awarded every right and privilege to which the Constitution and laws of our country entitle us; or, until we are all in a land where our rights are in no respect questioned.

By B. F. Williams: Setting apart June 19 as a national holiday for the colored people as the anniversary of the emancipation of the race.

The introducer was called on to " explain " this resolution. He said the people of Texas were in the last stage of creation, and that the colored people were freed on that day. It was not freedom until all were free, and therefore he had selected that day as the anniversary.

Rev. G. H. Shafler moved to amend by inserting the "22d of September," instead of "June 19."

W. H. Council moved to amend by inserting "January 1," as a more suitable day.

J. W. Cromwell moved to fix upon the 30th of March, when the fifteenth amendment was passed.

The vice-president thought January 1 the best day.

A member in the rear said they were not free yet. They were still killed in the South.

Mr. Williams. Yes, and they kill them in the North as well as in the South. [Laughter.]

Colonel Robert Harlan moved to lay the subject on the table.

A motion to adjourn prevailed and a recess was taken until 2 p. m.


The Conference resumed its deliberations at 2 p. m., and the business pending at the moment of adjournment, the resolution of B. F. Williams, setting aside the 19th of June as a national holiday for the colored people, was taken up.

The motion of Colonel Robert Harlan to table the resolution was rejected.

The amendment substituting January 1 was lost by a unanimous vote.

A vote was then taken on the amendment making the date of the holiday September 22, and it was rejected.

The original resolution was then adopted without amendment.

A motion to reconsider was tabled.

The following resolutions were offered and referred:

By P. J. Crenshaw:

Whereas we, the colored people of the several Southern States, meet with many disadvantages by the misunderstanding of each other; therefore be it

Resolved, That this Conference recommend the organization of printing press companies in each Southern State for their better understanding.

The following resolutions were offered and referred:

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