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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.13.pdf

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day afternoon and evening as special matter to "Cincinnati Gazette."

The Business Committee brought in Declaration of Sentiment; which was commented on as meeting the issue exactly, and was received and adopted. They also presented a Constitution for the organization of the Kentucky State Benevolent Association, which was on motion of Mr. Morris made the special order for the night's session.

Mr. Campbell asked leave to present a petition from a Committee of Ladies who have purchased a "Hall for Educational purposes," etc.

Petition received and laid on the table. Adjourned.


President in the chair: Prayer by Rev. Straws.

The "Special Business" consideration of the Kentucky State Benevolent Association. Constitution taken up, and was debated at length; Mr. Benj. Tibbs of Boyle spoke in favor of its adoption; Mr. Lee opposed it; Mr. Miles moved for indefinite postponement, but was prevailed upon to withdraw it.

Mr. S. Griggsby spoke in favor of it; Mr. H. Scroggins favored the bill; so also did Messrs. Hubbard and Straws.

Rev. Dupee called to order by the President. Mr. Morris favored the measure.

Mr. Tucker moved the previous question, but the chair decided that it was inadmissable coming from an honorary member. Morris rose to press it, contending that if an honorary member has the right to take part in debate, with all due regard to the received authorities, he should be entitled to make and offer resolutions.

Dupee moved the previous question which was ordered, and the Preamble and Constitution adopted.

The Convention then went into an election for officers

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