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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.26.pdf

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RESOLUTIONS.

Whereas: Education, wealth and character are essential to the elevation and prosperity of any people; and

Whereas: It is our duty to our country, to ourselves and to our posterity, to cultivate all those habits of life, which tend to create, foster and sustain amongst us those courses of conduct which bring to mankind these essential elements of National prosperity and happiness; therefore

1. Resolved: That we the colored People of Kentucky in Convention assembled, here and now pledge ourselves to each other and to our country; relying upon God who hath brought us up out of the dark land of bondage and conferred upon us Freedom and the responsibilities of disenthralled humanity, to labor to the utmost of our poor ability to infuse into the minds of our Colored Fellow Citizens the desire to educate themselves and their children; to establish and maintain well ordered and dignified characters; and to secure by manly endeavor in all honorable industrial pursuits, wealth with all its attendant material blessings.

2. Resolved: 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 and legally belonging to us, to day, waiving for the time being, the ballot box and the doctrine of equality before the law, we ask the opportunity, we demand the privilege of achieving for ourselves and our children, under the regu-

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