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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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SECTION 1. Whereas, we, the undersigned, believing that the interests of our race can be better served by the united action of all concerned; therefore, be it resolved, that we form ourselves into an Association to be known as the Colored Mens' Equal Rights League, of —, and pledge ourselves to be governed by the following Constitution and By-Laws:

SEC. 2. The objects of this League are to encourage industry, morality, education, temperance, economy, and to promote all things that will elevate us, and build an honorable foundation for our posterity, and to use all legitimate means that are in our power to obtain our rights as citizens of our beloved State.

SEC. 3. The officers of this League shall be a President, a Vice President, Corresponding and Recording Secretaries, a Treasurer and Executive Committee consisting of five, the President, Recording Secretary, and three other persons, to be elected by the League at the time of its regular election.

SEC. 4. The duty of the President shall be to reside at all the regular meetings of the League, and perform such other duties as the League may require of him. In the absence of the President, the Vice President shall perform his duties.

SEC. 5. The Recording Secretary shall keep an exact record of all the proceedings of the League; and also of the Executive Committee. He shall draw all orders on the Treasurer, when directed by the proper authority, receive all moneys of the League, pay over the same to the Treasurer and take his receipt for the same.

SEC. 6. The Treasurer shall keep safely all moneys belonging to the League. He shall pay our such money only when receiving proper orders, such orders to be signed by the President and Recording Secretary.

SEC. 7. The Corresponding Secretary shall properly conduct all the correspondence of the League. He shall, as far as possible, obtain fully the actual condition of our people throughout the State, and report the same when required by the League.

SEC. 8. The officers of the League shall be elected by ballot, at a regular meeting of the League, and shall hold their office one year, or until their successors are elected. On retiring from office, they shall give up to their successors all property that may be in their hands belonging to the League.

SEC. 9. The regular meetings of the League shall be held the first Monday in each month, at such place as may be designated. The President shall have power to call a meeting whenever he shall, in his judgment, think the interest of the League demands it.

SEC. 10. This Constitution may be altered or amended at any regular meeting, by a vote of two-thirds of the members present.

SEC. 11. Any person of moral character may become a member of this League by paying an initiation fee of fifty cents. The monthly dues of each member shall be twenty-five cents.

SEC. 12. The Treasurer shall give security for the safe keeping of all moneys and property belonging to the League, that may come into his hands during his term of office.

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