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Minutes of the Freedmen's Convention, Held in the City of Raleigh, on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th of October, 1866


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Jas. H. Harris offered a Constitution, governing an Educational Association, which was referred to the Committee on business. Reported upon and adopted, as follows:


1st. This Association shall be known as the Freedmen's Educational Association of North-Carolina

2d. The object of this Association shall be to aid in the establishment of schools, from which none shall be excluded on account of color or poverty, and to encourage unsectarian education associations in countries, towns or captains districts, to obtain teachers, and in all other matters that circumstances shall make desirable.

3d. It shall assist educational associations in countries, towns or captains districts, to obtain teachers, and in all other matters that circumstances shall make desirable.

4th. Any adult who is in favor of the above object, may become a member of the Association by signing this constitution and contributing one dollar at the beginning of each year. The President, Secretary and Treasurer of all auxiliaries shall be members of ex officio.

5th. Any member contributing fifty dollars in one or two instalments, shall become a director for life and shall be entitled to attend and vote at all regular meetings of the board managers.

6th. The officers shall be a Presidents, three Vice Presidents, a Secretary, a Treasurer and thirteen managers; nine of which shall reside in or near Raleigh. The Presidents, Secretary and Treasurer shall be ex officio members of the board of managers. The officers hereafter shall be chosen four each year, to hold office for the term of three years, In case of a vacancy in any office the managers shall make an appointment, to hold until the next annual meeting.

7th. The board of managers shall invite the co - operation of benevolent individuals and associations in the work of education. They may provide lectures, &c. They shall require the Treasurer to give ample security, and in general, shall have full authority to conduct the affairs of the Association, subject to its approval. But they shall not without instructions involve the Association in debt, nor shall any of them receive any compensation from the treasury.

8th. The annual meeting of this Association shall be held on the 20th day of January in each year, at which time the Treasurer and board of managers shall present written reports and officers shall be elected.

9th. This Constitution may be amended by a two - thirds vote at any annual meeting, Provided, the amendment has been proposed at the previous annual meeting, or recommended one month beforehand by the managers, in connection with the call of the meeting.

10th. It shall be the imperative duty of every teacher to fill out such blanks as may be sent to him by the superintendent, giving a correct report of the condition of the schools.

11th. No officer shall receive compensation for his services from the Treasury, except his traveling expenses.

On motion the meeting adjourned to meet at 2 o'clock, p.m

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