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Report on the Virginia State Colored Convention held in Richmond, May 27, 1869.


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Afternoon Session

The Convention met at 5 o'clock—Cox in the chair.

The committee on Permanent Organization. In majority, reported the following nominations:

President— Dr. Bayne, Norfolk.

First Vice-President— Rev. William Troy, Richmond. Second Vice-President—Dr.Norton, York. Third Vice-President—Ragsdale, Charlotte.

Secretaries—Bob Hobson, Fuller, and Bland.

Chaplin—Fields Cook.

The minority of the committee reported the following alterations:

For President—Rev. William Troy.

First Vice-President—Bayne. Second Vice-President—Dr.Norton. Third Vice-President—Joe Cox.

The discussion which followed showed considerable difference between the city and country delegates. The latter were not at all pleased with the report.

One delegate, quite black, remarked:" I wants to see men in office qualified to justify de business of dis constitution. I tell you, sah, you might as well try to move de Blue Ridge mountains as to try to prevent de sabilities of my right."

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