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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 27.pdf

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and whereas by that act of justice the shackles of slavery were broken off of millions of our race in these United States, therefore,

Resolved, that we, the colored people in National Convention assembled, do recommend that said day he observed throughout this land as a proper time to celebrate the practical carrying out of the great principles enunciated in the Declaration of Independence.

Resolved, that we further recommend that on that day religious services be held to give especial thanks to Almighty God for his interposition in bringing about our emancipation and enfranchisement; and that the day be celebrated in such other way as may be deemed proper.

Resolved, That the pulpit is a mighty power in controlling minds on the questions of reform, and it is the opinion of this Convention that it is the duty of every minister of the Gospel to urge from the pulpit the reforms now going forward in favor of universal liberty and equal rights of all men.

Resolved, That we join with all of the good of the land, in entwining green wreaths around the memory of the late "great commoner;" Thaddeus Stevens; that it was our first impulse to manifest our appreciation and gratitude as colored men for the conspicuous part which this good man took in securing unto us our rights; but a more mature consideration tells us that we shall do his great heart more justice, and help to perpetuate his endearing memory more fixedly, by expressing with a full sense of gratitude as Americans, our belief that what he did was for his country in the cause of justice, because he believed it right and acceptable to Almighty God.

Resolved, That we congratulate the nation on the success of the reconstruction policy of the Congress of the United States in the restoration of so many of the States lately in rebellion to their normal relations with the Federal Union, despite the determined and desperate opposition of Southern rebels and their Northern sympathizers, and we earnestly appeal to Congress to complete the work so auspiciously inaugurated by establishing governments in those States yet unreconstructed, at the very earliest possible time, in consonance with the wishes of the loyal citizens of said States, and in the hands of men loyal to the Government of the United States, who will administer the laws on the broad principles of justice and equality to all.

Resolved, That while we most cheerfully acknowledge our gratitude to all who have labored and voted for the removal of the unjust disabilities against our people in regard to voting; that we are under special obligations to the Radical press and people of the distinguished State of Iowa, and also of Minnesota, for their able advocacy of impartial suffrage, and their late great victory at the polls.

W.J. Wilson, of the Finance Couunittce, offered the following:

Resolved, that to meet the expenses of this Convention, each member enrolled shall be taxed two dollars; and also, that at each session a collection be taken for the same purpose. He stated that Mr. Nesbit had presented the following bill for $94;


WASHINGTON, Jan. 19th, 1869.

Dr. to WM. NESBIT, 

To printing call in circulars, one thousand copies, Six Dollars, - - - - $6 00

To postage and stationary, Eight Dollars, - - - - - - - 8 00

To advertising in Colored Citizen, - - - - - - - - - 20 00

To advertising in Missionary Record, - - - - - - - - 20 00

To advertising in Christan Recorder, - - - - - - - - - 20 00

To advertising in Zion’s Standard and Weekly Review, - - - - - 20 00

Total amount, - - - - - - - - - - $94 00

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