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Proceedings of the National Convention of the Colored Men of America: held in Washington, D.C., on January 13, 14, 15, and 16, 1869.

1869 National Convention in Washington DC 23.pdf

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The following was offered by John F. Cook, of this City,

Whereas, by means of the rebellion nearly four millions of men have become free citizens of the United States: and whereas, they have demonstrated their capability of acquiring the requisite knowledge, and proved their bravery as well as their loyalty to the United States, on every field of battle: and whereas, by the addition of six regiments of colored troops to the permanent military organization of the United States, the Government has recognized them as subject to future calls for the common defence, but in a subordinate capacity: and whereas, there is no public military institution where they may be specially educated for the important service, and qualified for the promotion to which their past and present services entitle them, therefore:

Resolved, That this Convention hereby respectfully and earnestly petition the present Congress to transfer the property of the United States, known as the Arlington estate, and now in charge of the Department of War, to suitable corporators, one from each of these United States, and one from the District of Columbia, yet to be named, for the purpose of locating thereon a self-supporting military institute, with competent educators,—admission to which shall be open to all without regard to race, color or previous condition.

Referred to the Business Committee.

Mr. Edward M. Davis, of Philadelphia, was introduced and made a few appropriate remarks.

Professor Bassett tendered his resignation as Secretary, that he might more effectually attend to his duty on the Business Committee. Mr. Lewis H. Douglass, of New York, was elected to fill the vacancy.

Mr. Mabson, of North Carolina, moved that they proceed to consider the resolutions reported by the Business Committee.

On motion of John F. Cook, of the District of Columbia, the matter was deferred to the evening session.

Mr. E. V. Clark, offered a resolution, condemning the course generally taken by he superintendents of schools to discourage colored teachers, and for not giving them appointments in city schools, as well as in the rural districts, which was referred to the Business Committee.

John M. Langston, accounted that owing to the trial going on in the Congressional Church, General O. O. Howard was unable to be present, but at his request would state that the General was in full sympathy with this Convention. He moved that in honor of the many good deeds done by the General, his name be added to the list of honorary members. Carried.

Adjourned to 7:30 P. M.


The Convention re-assembled at 7:30 P. M.

Rev. A. R. Green, of the District of Columbia, opened the proceedings with prayer.

William H. Day, presented the following—


1st, There shall be two sessions of the Convention daily.

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