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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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7. That a vote of thanks be rendered to the State Legislature for the respectful manner in which they received and acted upon our petition at their last sitting.

8. Resolved, That the members of the State Legislature have the entire confidence of the Convention, and of all good thinking colored citizens of this State, and that we shall earnestly pray for the reconstruction of our beloved State, and for their prosperity.

9. Resolved, That a vote of thanks be tendered to the honorable Chas. Sumner, Thaddeus Stevens, Wade, Trumbull, H. Greely and to Fred. Douglas, Henry H. Garnet and other beacon lights of our race.

On motion the above resolutions were adopted.

It was then announced that Dr. H.J. Brown would deliver a lecture on Phrenology and Ethnology in the evening, door to be opened at 7 o'clock, and lecture to commence at 8 o'clock.

According to appointment the lower part of the house was crowded with an audience of both races.

The Doctor's lecture was one that would have done credit to the most learned person. He did not claim to belong either to the white or black race, but his sympathies were with the negro race, because of their circumstances and their being held as inferior to the Caucasian. He furthermore showed that according to science that no two races on the face of the globe were so much alike as the Caucasian and the negro. He plainly showed that the same imitative, moral and intellectual faculties were found in the brain of the negro as were found in the brain of the Caucasian. He further showed the difference between the American Indian and the Caucasians, stating the fact that the American will not accept nor can be made to appreciate arts, science, literature and religion, again showing that we find men of the negro race who has brought these various branches to perfection, and can compete with white men, showing the negro race superior to the American Indian, and in every respect equal to Caucasian or Anglo Saxon. For an illustration he mentioned Isaiah Weir, of Philadelphia, with whom statesmen and gentlemen are glad to meet in counsel with, and also feel proud to be counted as one of his acquaintances. He next mentioned Henry Highland Garnet, a pure representative of the negro race, by whom statesmen are led, and whenever he speaks they listen with awe and astonishment, and are glad to be permitted to associate with him. Thus did the Doctor show that inferiority

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