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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.9.pdf

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Mr. Miles, who entertained the Convention for some time. Several other gentlemen occupied the time until the Committee was ready to make their report.

Committee on Finance submitted the following—Whereas, the expenses of the Convention being found to amount to sixteen dollars per diem; there Resolved; that each member be taxed twenty-five cents per day to defray the same. And the balance of funds collected and remaining in the hands of the Mass Meeting Committee, be turned over to the Committee on Finance, to assist in defraying the expenses. (J. M. Harris; Dennis Doram; Wm. Stuband and R. C. Jackson.)

"Business Committee," presented for the consideration of the Convention a Preamble and series of Resolutions.

On motion they were received; and upon motion for their adoption it was ordered that they be taken up seriatim.

Preamble adopted without discussion.

First Resolution: "We the Colored People of Kentucky, etc.," adopted.

Second Resolution; "That while we claim each and every right and power guaranteed to any and all other American Citizens, including even that of suffrage, as naturally belonging to us to day, waiving for the time being the ballot box and the doctrine of equality before the Law, etc."

This Resolution occasioned considerable discussion; issue being made upon so much of the resolution as did not press the question of suffrage and the ballot box. The resolution was amended by striking out the word "while" in the first sentence and all after "to day" to "the Law" inclusive, allowing the balance to remain as originating in the Committee Room.

After considerable debate the "Resolution" and the "Amendment" were upon motion of Mr. Morris made the

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