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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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the colored people in their onward march to education and intelligence.

It was then announced that Rev. F. A. Fiske and J. W. Hood would speak at the next meeting.

On motion Convention adjourned to meet according to rule.


Convention assembled pursuant to adjournment.

J. R. Good in the Chair.

Religious exercises conducted by the Chaplain, G. A. Rue.

Mr. A. Stokes, of Wilkes, addressed the audience. His address was lengthy, humorous and witty.

Rev. F. A. Fiske was introduced to the Convention.

His address was solely on education. Among other facts mentioned by the Rev. F. A. Fiske, we will notice the following: "North-Carolina, in regard to free schools for colored people, has a good reputation to sustain. According to a recent report of the Bureau inspector of Freedmen's schools, (whose office is located in Washington, D. C.,) she stands second in the number of such schools, and third in the number of scholars under instructions in them."

Rev. Jas. W. Hood was next introduced to the Convention. He delivered a lengthy and instructive address on the subject of education.

We greatly regret to learn that John D. Whitford, Esq., was kept in waiting and not able to get to the Convention through the negligence of persons on the invitation Committee, who should have, according to promise, conducted him to the Convention. We, therefore, tender our apology to the honorable gentleman.

The following resolution was read and adopted:

Resolved, That we, the representatives of the colored people of North-Carolina, in Convention now assembled, have adopted a Constitution for an Educational Association, and we would recommend to the people of our State to recognize no other.

[For the Constitution adopted see 12th page.]

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