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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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Richard Tucker of Craven, E.A. Richardson of Craven, C.D. Pierson of Craven, W.H. Anderson of Wake, Caesar Johnson of Warren, J.R. Caswell of Wake, H. Unthanks of Greensboro', J.H. Harris of Wake, T.A. Sykes of Pasquotank, J.S. Leary of Fayetteville, J.H. Williamson of Franklin, J.R. Page of Chowan, W.D. Newsroom of Hertford.

On motion, the Convention adjourns to meet according to rule.


The Convention met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Richard Tucker, of Craven, in the chair.

The Business Committee then continued their report through their chairman Rev. George A. Rue.

The following resolutions were received and adopted:

Resolved, That it shall be the duty of every member of this body on his return home, to form, or cause to be formed, an Equal Rights League, in or near the place wherein such delegates resides, and to do all in his power to promote their increase through other portions of his county.

Resolved, That the members of this Convention advise the colored people in their respective localities to form themselves into joint stock companies wherever practicable; also, to patronize and respect each other in their various branches of business.

Resolved, 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.

Resolved, That the members of the State Legislature have the entire confidence of this Convention, and of all good colored citizens everywhere in this State, and we shall ever pray for their welfare and for the reconstruction and prosperity of our beloved State.

Committee on building reported through their chairman, J. T. Schenck:

We, your Committee on building, after a careful and deliberate examination, find that to build a house that would be beneficial for a school house, and also to serve for all public or State purposes, would require at least two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500.)

After a considerable discussion on the part of Messrs. Ellison of Wake, Page of Chowan, Leary of Cumberland, the re-

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