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Proceedings of the Colored national convention, held in Rochester, July 6th, 7th, and 8th, 1853.
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Rhode Island—Geo. T. Downing, Providence; Abraham C. Rice, Newport.
Connecticut—Jehiel C. Beeman, Amos G. Beeman.
New York—J. McCune Smith, New York City ; Frederick Douglass, Rochester.
Pennsylvania—John Peck, Pittsburgh ; Stephen Smith, Philadelphia.
Ohio—Wm. H. Day, Cleveland ; John I. Gaines, Cincinnati.
Michigan—W. C. Munroe, John Freeman, Detroit
Illinois—James D. Bonner, John Jones, Chicago.
Indiana—Horace B. Smith, Indianopolis, John T. Brittain, Charlestown.
Prof. C. L. Reason offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That nothing in the provisions of the constitution of the Council just adopted shall be construed to mean that either in the Board of Instructors or in the admission of students to the contemplated manual labor schools, the principle of complexional exclusiveness is contemplated.
Resolutions approving the purpose and character of W. H. Day's paper, the Aliened American, to be published at Cleveland, Ohio; also one approving of the spirit and course of Frederick Douglass' Paper adopted. Mr. A. R. Green called up his resolutions recommending days of fasting and prayer. Upon them considerable discussion and confusion prevailed. Mr. Douglass moved to adjourn. Lost. Rev. W. C. Monroe spoke at length upon the resolutions. Resolutions laid on the table. J. McCune Smith moved that all reports presented to this Convention be published with minutes. The Committee on Finance reported that the receipts of the Convention had amounted to $172,50 ; expenses $60,75 ; remaining, $111,75; which was paid to committee on Publication.
Resolved, That the Convention return thanks to the officers of this Convention for the able manner in which they have discharged their duty. Agreed to.
Also to the Chairman of the Business Committee. Agreed to.
Sundry resolutions were passed, which, in the hurry, could not be noted, but will be found under the head of Resolutions,
Moved that we adjourn sine die.
While the motion was being put and carried, Frederick Douglass advanced to the front of the stand and struck up the hymn,
"From all that dwell beneath the skies,
Let the Creators praise arise.”
in which the whole Convention heartily joined.
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