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Report on the Virginia State Colored Convention held in Richmond, May 27, 1869.
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"Resolved, That we unqualifiedly condemn the policy which has guided many of the previous civil appointments in this Sate, particularly the effort to crush out the regular Republican organization, and the conquering with the Conservatives in order to gain their votes; that we believe that such a policy will only result in disaster and defeat; that those whose influence can only be bought by office are not worth buying; that while we are willing to receive all into our ranks who willing to receive all into our ranks who will pledge themselves to support Republican principles, yet we are of the decided option that none should be placed in positions of trust and honor until they have proved their devotion to the principles of liberty, justice, and equality before the law; and we earnestly and respectfully request the commanding General to give to our race representation up[on the benches of our courts, and also in very many executive offices of the State, for which many of them are as well, if not better, qualified than many who have received the appointments to such positions.
"Resolved, That we do further request that the commanding General will issue an order that whenever a jury is summoned or empanelled that no distinctions shall be made on account of color.
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