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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 28.pdf

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Professor Neal moved that the members be assessed sufficient to pay the bill and the expenses of the church.

The report of the Finance Committee was amended and adopted, making the assessment $1 each for contingent expenses.

The roll was called and the following members paid the tax assessed.—See Appendix.

Rev. Mr. Garnett moved that Senator Wilson be invited to address the Convention. Carried.

Senator Wilson then made an interesting address.

Hon. Willard Warner, of Alabama, also made a speech.

Professor Wilcox, of the District of Columbia, announced that he was authorized by the Committee to invite all the members of this Convention to attend the Woman’s Suffrage Convention next week.

The Chair announced that any of the Delegates having to return home over the Northern Central railroad, can procure tickets free of charge by applying to the Secretary of this body.

A Committee of seven was appointed to seek an interview with the Judiciary Committee, as follows: I. C. Weir, J. C. Bowers, Geo. T. Downing, N. Cubit, Wm. Whipper, Wm. H. Day.

Rev. Charles H. Thompson, offered the folIowing preamble and resolution in regard to Education and the establishment of a National Freedmen’s Aid Company:

A Resolution to provide for a National Freedmen's Mutual Aid Company.

Whereas our people in these United States, because of the want of education and the proper business training, are to a great extent, at the mercy of the white people who were their former masters, and who do not scruple now, to take advantage of their former slaves in all business transactions; and whereas the great mass of our people are not freeholders, and have not the means to purchase lands, and in most of the Southern States the white people will not sell land to our people, thereby depriving them of homes of their own, and the privilege of cultivating their own soil; and whereas we believe that God helps those who help themselves, Therefore be it

Resolved, That this Convention proceed to organize a National Freedmen’s Mutual Aid Company, for the purpose.

1st. Of securing protection to our people in all business transactions, by establishing business houses for ourselves and employing reliable agents to transact our business when our people are not competent to transact their our business.

2d. Of purchasing land and selling the same to our people in such quantities as they may need, and on such terms as will enable them to pay for the land from the products of the soil.

3d. Of aiding to establish schools, and a general diffusion of knowledge among our people.

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Prof. Geo. B. Vashon, submitted the following:

Resolved, That we denounce the proposition now pending is Congress to abolish elec-

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