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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 33.pdf

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Resolved, That this Convention heartily approve of the action of the Board of Managers of the National Lincoln Monument Association, in providing for the incorporation of a the Statue of the honored President of this Convention, Frederick Douglass, in the groupe of historical figures to be placed on this national work of art, in connection with the Statue of Abraham Lincoln, the immortal benefactor of our race.

Resolved, That this Convention hereby tender their thanks to the National Lincoln Monument Association for the unmistakable recognition of our citizenship, and the patriotism of our race, in the present struggle for national unity and perpetuity. Referred to a Special Committee.

Adjourned to 7 oclock, P. M.


At 7 30 P M., the Convention was called to order, by Mr. F. G. Barbadoes, Vice President from Massachusetts, in the Chair.

Bishop Campbell, offered an appropriate prayer.

The Secretary, having the minutes of the Morning Session, not being present, Mr. Turner, of Georgia, took the floor, and proceeded to discuss the report of the committee, on the organizations of Equal Rights Leagues. He was of the opinion, that some systematic organization should be perfected, that would bind the colored people together in one common cause.

Mr. Brown, of Pennsylvania, rose to a point of order, stating that there was no question before the House. Messrs. Turner, Forten, and Green, insisted that the subject being discussed, was the unfinished business of the Morning Session, and was therefore legitimately before the House. The Chair called upon the Secretary, who had arrived, to read the minutes of the last Session. They were read.

The Chair stated that he should hold the Convention to their written Records upon the disputed question; the record did not show that question to be deferred to that session for consideration, and decided the point of order raised by Mr. Brown, well taken. An Appeal from the decision of the Chair was taken, and lost.

Mr. Hunter, of Pennsylvania, moved, to proceed to discuss the formation of a Equal Rights League.


Mr. Forten, spoke at length, of the want of a League, and endeavored to explain why they were so necessary.

Mr. Turner wanted the gentleman to explain why they should have a League separate from that of the Union League of America.

Mr. Forten, said that he was not supposed to know anything about the Union League of America, and continued to speak in favor of his Report.

Mr. Green, of Pennsylvania, thought it a great mistake to abandon their distinct organizations, which had done so much good up to the present moment In a lengthy and sharp speech, he opposed this wholesale attempt to disorganize our people upon a mere chimera of some brilliant imagination.

H.H. Garnett, in the Chair. The Credentials of the Louisiana Delegation were presented, as follows:

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