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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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attention to an editorial in the American, but was interrupted by a delegate, who insisted that the gentleman confine himself to the question.

The report was then adopted.

J.T. Rapier, of Alabama, said that the Committee on Migration had had hundreds of resolutions referred to it, and had done the best they could. He moved an adjournment until 8 o' clock, at which time they would take up the report on migration, and take the vote after three hours' discussion, and call the previous question.

This was carried, and the Conference adjourned to 8 p. m.


On the reassembling of the Conference at 8 p.m., a report was submitted by the Committee on Press, appealing to the colored people to support the papers published by men of their own race. [See Appendix M.]

The report was adopted.

A resolution indorsing the action of Judge Rives, of Virginia, in bringing the State judges of that State to a strict account for their violation of the United States laws, in refusing to allow colored men to serve as jurors when their rights as citizens are at stake, was adopted.

The following report was presented and adopted:

Your Committee, to whom was referred the Jubilee Singers' civil rights case, have been as diligent and thorough in their endeavors to get at the true status of the case as the limited time allowed them would permit, and they beg leave to report as follows:

There have been one criminal and six civil suits brought in the Federal court.

There has never been any test made of the civil rights bill, and, to prosecute the suit in question it will require at least $500.

Your committee are of the opinion there never will occur a better opportunity to test the effectiveness of the civil rights bill, and therefore recommend that this Conference prosecute this case to a successful termination. To this end they recommend that a prosecuting committee of three be appointed to look after the case, receive all moneys raised for the purpose above expressed, pay out the same for expenses incurred in the prosecution, and turn over all surplus that may occur to the Kansas Emigration Aid Society; that at least two of said committee shall be residents of Nashville; that steps be immediately taken to raise $500, with which to prosecute the suits as vigorously as possible; that each State and district here represented shall contribute $28 towards this cause, except Oregon, which State shall contribute the remaining $24; that the chairman of the Conference appoint some one from each State here represented, whose duty it shall be to raise the amount apportioned to his State, and forward the same to the chairman of the prosecuting committee; that it shall be the duty of the prosecuting committee to furnish at least four colored journals full report of all moneys received and disbursed by them during the prosecution of said suits, when the same shall have been terminated.

J.H. BURRUS, Nashville, Tennessee,

Rev. G. H. SHAFFER, Nashville, Tennessee,

W. F. YARDLEY, Knoxville, Tennessee,


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