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


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"Resolved, That we consider a wise and comprehensive system of free schools to us at least as imperatively necessary, and that we will regard every colored man in the State as recreant to his race who neglects to do everything in his power towards the establishment of such a free school system.

"Resolved, That we return our heartfelt and sincere thanks to the people of the North for their kindnesses towards the colored people of Virgina, and especially for their benevolence in furnishing means for the education of our children. But we deplore that there should have been any necessity for these charitable people to furnish us with the means of education, for the reason that it should have been willingly furnished by the State or people of Virginia, as we are citizens and taxed to defray the expenses of schools and other public institutions.

"Resolved, That we look to well-directed industry and wise legislation combined to raise our State from her present depressed condition and to open up every avenue to progress and universal prosperity.

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