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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.27.pdf

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lation of impartial State and Federal law, the blessings which pertain to a well ordered and dignified life.

3. Resolved: That we are not only grateful to Almighty God for our Emancipation in this Country, but for the full recognition by the General Government of our Citizenship based upon our nativity; thus making this land our home and recognizing and supporting by law our right to the soil, and many of the blessings attendant upon our free institutions.

4. Resolved: That his country is indeed our home; here we intend to remain, mingling our efforts with the efforts of our white fellow citizens to sustain and perpetuate its liberties and its interests and making our destiny one in common with the destiny of all other Americans.

5. Resolved: That the gallant and heroic behavior of the Colored Soldiers of the American Army, in the late Rebellion, is not only worthy of their noble sires, who fought the battles of this country in her struggles for Independence and the war of 1812, but it challenges the admiration of the civilized world and the respect and favor of their fellow countrymen.

6. Resolved: That as it is imperatively essential that we have some organ whereby we may reach the public ear, and properly represent ourselves, it is the duty of this Convention to recommend to the favorable consideration of the People—the "Colored Citizen," the "Christian Recorder" and the "Colored Tennesseean." And that we particularly endorse the "Colored Citizen" as the organ of the Colored people of Kentucky.

7. Resolved: That this convention recommend the citizens to take "DEPARTMENTS" in the "Colored Citizen" to be edited and controlled by citizens of this State.

8. Resolved: That we heartily and fully endorse the enterprise, inaugurated by our sister, Charlotte Scott, formerly a slave, belonging to Dr. Rucker of Virginia, look-

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