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Proceedings of the first convention of colored men of Kentucky held in Lexington, March the 22d, 23d, 24th and 26th, 1866. With the constitution of the Kentucky State Benevolent Association. Printed by order of the convention.

1866 Kentucky State Convention in Lexington.8.pdf

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M. Oldham, Jr., was called upon and addressed the Convention in a short but interesting manner.

Other gentlemen entertained the members and the visitors for some time, with pertinent remarks, many characterized with sparks of flashing wit and gems of thought that will live long after they are gathered to their homes beneath the sod.

"Business Committee" sent in the following Resolution which was adopted:

"Resolved that no member shall be allowed to speak more than twice, nor longer than ten minutes, without consent of the Convention."

Mr. John M. Langston was introduced to the members and requested an audience this evening to hear from him the claims of the Colored Men's National Monument Association to the memory of our Martyr-President Abraham Lincoln—which was acceded to. The hour of noon having arrived the Convention took a recess until 2 o'clock, P. M.


Friday, 23d, 1866

Prayer by Rev. S. Griggsby.

Mr. Nelson Callahan of Greenup presented a letter of character and offered his credentials, as alternate of his people; as the duly elected delegate refused to come. His credentials being approved he was admitted to a seat with the Convention.

Mr. Nathaniel P. Oldham of Cincinnati, S. C. and S. H. Oldham of Kentucky were elected Honorary Members.

A resolution instructing the Secretary to furnish the report of the proceedings to the Correspondent of the Associated Press prevailed.

No business being before the Convention the Rev. Reuben Lee was called upon and made a short address. After he was through there was a general call for the Rev.

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