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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.

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tGeorgia, and Alabama, for Railroad purposes, (but, by those States forfeited,) be passed by the Senate. February 1st, the Cor~mittee petitioned the Senate, urging the passage of a .eonstitutional amendment securing to all citizens in the States. without regard ~to their race, color, or previous condition, the right to vote, who have not by the commission of crime forfeited their right to do so. Several members of the ~Committee have had conference~ with Senators and Representatives, on these ~and other subjects, effecting the interest~of those they~represented. They have - Iliad repeated interviews with delegations from the non-reconstructed States, and Jiave been pleased to urge their claims, to Congressmen. The Committee have corresponded with the American Missionary Association, which association will, your Committee believes, do much good in tecuring Homes, Means, Education, and Moral training to the poor Colored people of the South. Your Committee will do all they can to second their efforts. The Committee will present to Congress, a petition, asking for additional United States District Courts, in Kentucky ;it having come to their knowl- edge that the rights of Loyalists, White and Colored, suffer, because of the great inconvenience they are subjected to, in getting to the only United States District Courts existing in that State. Your Committee will petition Congress to establish a National Military Academy at Washington, to be open to all, without regard to color. They will also petition to have all proscription in regard to color removed, in the drawing of jurors, in the District of Colum- bia. We close this brief synopsis of our action. and again, remind you, that the Committee have been, and are now, without money, which is necessary, to enable them, to carry out their objccts, and we ~trust that you will promptly form, in your several States, and Territories, Auxiliary Associations, to co-operate with this Committee. We are confident, that our people, when they understand that this Committee are laboring to secure to them, these great interests, will give a prompt, and liberal pecuniary support to our efforts. The meetings of this Committee, difring the sessions of Congress, will be on the 6th and 27th of each month, at Washington, D. C. Money forwarded to this Committee, should be by Post Office Money Order~ and addressed to F. G. Barbadoes, Secretary National Executive Committee, care National Freedmens Bank, 7th Street, Washington, D. C. Respectfully submitted by Order of the Acting Board. WM. J. WILLSON, GEORGE B. VASHON, L. H. DOUGLASS, J. M. LANGSTON, J~ SELLA MARTIN, J. F. COOK. T. W. STRINGER, GEORGE T. DOWNING, President. COLLIN CIRUSO, Trea8urer. F. G. BARBADOES, $eeretary.

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