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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.21.pdf

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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 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 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 whereas the colored people of this State are daily receiving the most unjust treatment on the cars, having to pay as much as white passengers while they are consigned to the most filthy cars, often cursed and driven about; their wives and daughters insulted, blackguarded and smoked to sickness; therefore we bitterly protest against such conduct, it being outrageous and inhuman and we declare that we will not much longer submit to it.

Resolved, That whereas a large majority of the Bureau Agents are Southern men who will not take notice of outrages perpetrated upon our people, we most respectfully request the United States Government to give us Northern Agents or allow colored men to hold these offices.

Resolved, That we bitterly protest against the colored people of Georgia, being levied upon for poll tax until they are given the right to vote, but they are willing to pay all other taxes when no more is exacted than is required of white men.

Resolved, That the thanks of the Convention be tendered to Rev Wm J White, the Secretary, Robt Johnson, Second Assistant Secretary, and to the Marshal, Lewis Smith, and his Assistants.

Resolved, That we request the Loyal Georgian, the New York Tribune and all other papers friendly to our cause to publish these resolutions. J. E. BRYANT, President. WM. J. WHITE, Secretary.

CONSTITUTION OF THE GEORGIA EQUAL RIGHTS AND EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION.

PREAMBLE.

We, the friends of in partial just.ice in Georgia, in Convention assembled, feeling that the time has come when we should unite to advance the cause we advocate, do form ourselves into an Association, for the purpose, among other things, of assisting the destitute and improving those who need our assistance. Our motto shall be,

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