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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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At 8.20 p. m. the Conference was called to order by the Chairman. There was a good attendance on the part of delegates, about three-fourths of them being present, and a good attendance in the galleries.

A resolution not to have papers prepared by absent parties read was taken from the table and adopted.

C. O. H. Thomas arose to a question of privilege, and began to impeach the motives of ex-Governor Pinchback, but was ruled out of order.

J. H. Rainey moved that a collection be taken up to defray necessary expenses. Adopted. The total amount collected was $105.50.

A resolution providing for the printing of the minutes of the Conference was introduced and action deferred.

The Conference at 10.25 p. m. adjourned until tomorrow morning, at 9 o'clock.


The National Colored Conference reassembled at 9 o'clock, President Lynch in the chair.

Prayer by Rev. T. W. Henderson, of Kansas.

T. Richardson, of Mississippi, offered the following resolutions:

Recognizing the fact that the South is the natural home of the colored man, being adapted to the climate and familiar with the mode of producing that staple that forms a source of profit to the whole country, and with the assurance of his civil liberty and political rights, may in the future become a source of great profit to himself--

Resolved, That the question of the removal of our people from these districts or sections when their civil and political rights are abridged or ignored, be given that careful consideration and due deliberation that its importance demands.

Resolved, That this Conference encourage the removal of our people from those sections of the South alone where race, prejudice, or other consideration, render it apparently impossible for the two elements to live together in peace and harmony The resolutions were not entertained.

J. W. Cromwell, of Virginia, read a paper on the "Necessity of Industrial and Technical Education." [See Appendix H.]

J. T. Jenifer, of Arkansas, moved that a vote of thanks be tendered the author of the paper.


F. L. Barnett, of Illinois, read a paper on " Race Unity," and on motion of J. P. Jones, of Arkansas, a vote of thanks was tendered the author. [See Appendix I.]

Theodore H. Green, of Mississippi, read a paper on the " Elements of Prosperity," and received the thanks of the Conference. [See Appendix J.]

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