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Report on the Virginia State Colored Convention held in Richmond, May 27, 1869.
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While the committee were out, the Convention was addressed by Bland, of Prince Edward, and Dr. Bayne, of Norfolk. Wayne's remarks were mostly confined to the right of negroes to serve in the militia, for which he contended in his original manner. His silly arguments to prove the black man better than the white were of course well received, as was his advice to elect black men always in preference to white men. He told them that they could give from fifteen to twenty votes where the white men could give one, and warned them not to support any man who would not be willing to have one black man at least where there was one white on the ticket. He said truly that there were very few true white men among them, and cited the Petersburg Convention as an instance. There were many white men who said that a black man on the ticket would break it down, and when they were whipped in by the black men they said they were for Harris heart and soul.
In conclusion, he said that the acts of the black men would live forever, and their children would rise up and call them blessed. Now is the time to claim equal rights, and to die as one man if they were not granted.
A vote of thanks was tendered Bland and Bayne for their speeches.
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