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Proceedings of the Convention of the Equal Rights and Educational Association of Georgia : assembled at Macon, October 29th, 1866 : containing the annual address of the president, Captain J.E. Bryant

1866 Macon GA State Convention.19.pdf

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has advocated our cause, and exposed all men who have sought to deprive us of our rights.

Resolved, That we request our friends to do all in their power to sustain the Loyal Georgian.

Resolved, That whereas General Davis Tillson came into a meeting of the Council of this Association, and denounced our President--Captain J. E. Bryant--as a liar, a scoundrel, a beggar, and a villain, and whereas a vote of thanks was passed by the Council for his speech, not intending thereby to thank him for denouncing our President, but for the valuable information which the speech contained, concerning matters which were of interest to our people, and did not relate to Captain Bryant, and whereas the intention of the members of the Council in passing the resolution has been misunderstood, we direct the Secretary of the Council to expunge the resolution from the records of the Council.

Resolved, That whereas we have received no protection from the civil authorities, we call upon the good citizens of the State to come to our relief, and help us to secure justice for our people.

Resolved, That we request the Loyal Georgian, the New York Tribune, and all other papers friendly to our cause to publish these resolutions.


President called the Convention to order at 9 o'clock, A. M. Prayer by Rev Wm H Harris, of Warren. Minutes read and approved. The following resolution was offered by Mr Mann, of Fulton, and unanimously adopted:

Resolved, That we request Rev H M Turner to act as a delegate to represent the colored people of Georgia, at Washington City. The appointment was accepted by Mr Turner in a few eloquent and appropriate remarks.

On motion of Rev W J White, of Richmond, Resolved, That we tender to the trustees of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and to the friends of Macon, our warmest thanks for their kindness in placing this church at our disposal, and for their hospitality during the session of our convention.

The Committee on Amendments reported recommending certain amendments, which, after a lengthy debate, were adopted. (The Constitution as amended is published herewith.) On motion of Rev Mr Turner, of Bibb,

Resolved, That the President and Secretary prepare, and have the minutes of this Convention published in pamphlet form and distributed to the different counties.

On motion of William J White, of Richmond county, Resolved, That our delegate to Washington be instructed to pre­sent a copy of the proceedings of this Convention to the President of the United States and the Governor of Georgia; to the President

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