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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

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of the United States Senate, and of the Senate of Georgia; to the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States, and of the State of Georgia.

On motion of Holsey, of Hancock county, Resolved, That the thanks of the Convention be hereby tendered to the President of this Association for the impartial and faithful performance of his duties.

Resolved, that the thanks of the Convention be tendered to Rev Wm J White, the Secretary, Robt Johnson, Second Assistant Secretary, for the faithful performance of their duties.

Resolved, That the thanks of the Convention be tendered to Lewis Smith, of Macon, Marshal of the Convention, and to his Assistants, for the polite and gentlemanly manner in which they have performed their duties.

Major G L Eberhart, Superintendent of Schools under the Freedmen's Bureau was elected Superintendent of Schools under this Association.

After prayer by Rev Wm J White, the convention adjourned sine die.

The following are the resolutions adopted by the Convention:

Resolved, That 'we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life liberty and pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.'

Resolved, That in regard to the franchise, we will never cease to protest against all partial legislation, based on color or race, or other adventitious distinctions.

Resolved, That while we protest against all partial legislation, and while we demand Equal Rights for all citizens, we recommend that for the coming year the members of our Association refrain from public political discussion in the meetings of the Association, and exert their entire influence to establish schools and educate the people.

Resolved, That we advise our friends to hold educational conventions in each of the Congressional Districts of the State during the coming year.

Resolved, That we cordially approve of the noble course pursued by the Loyal Georgian, and the able and fearless manner in which it 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-­-Capt 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

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