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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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Mr. Bell, of Lenoir, in his address stated that his people had been outraged, and that the officers of the Freedmen's Bureau had done but very little in behalf of the Freedmen in that sub-district.

Mr. H. Pool, of Camden, stated that in the section of the country in which he resided, that there is a feeling of perfect love and harmony between the two races, and that everything is prospering with great advantages to both parties.

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


Convention met pursuant to adjournment.

J. R. Good in the Chair.

Ninety-two members present.

The afternoon session was spent in a similar manner to that of the morning, allowing delegates to make their statements.

After reading the minutes of the morning session, Mr. S Ellison moved its approval. Mr. J. T. Schenck opposed.

In the discussion the Chairman sustained the minutes.

Dr. Brown arose, stating that it was unnecessary to publish every trivial matter that occurred in the Convention.

On motion the minutes were approved, that they be corrected by the publishing committee.

Calvin MacCray, of Richmond, states in his address that the (colored) people residing in Richmond county are most shamefully treated by the whites. Their money and fire arms are taken from them under the pretext that it is an order issued for them to take these things away, and colored laborers are most cruelly whipped on plantations.

Mr. Edmund Bird, of Alamance, in his address showed that the only prejudice existing against the negro is only entertained by the lower and ignorant class of whites, whilst the intelligent and better classes are disposed to help the negro.

The discourses of Messrs. Powell and Leak, of Anson,


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