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


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Afternoon Session.

In the afternoon session the following committees were announced:

Central Committee.- Rev. W. Troy, Lewis Lindsey, Joseph Cox, Dr. Norton, J. W. Cromwell, Dr. Bayne, B. T. Edwards.

Committee to wait on General Canby.- William Lester, Dr. Norton, John Oliver, and Fields Cook.

The Convention resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole, and was engaged during the afternoon in the transaction of unimportant business.

Judge Slonacke, an agent of a northern immigration society, by invitation, addressed the body on the subject of immigration, though he brought into it several passages of sound advice to his hearers. He told them that there were now about starting from Bremen three hundred or more immigrants who were going to settle in Southwest Virginia, and in the course of a year he expected several thousand to come here. He trusted they would receive these men who would come among them without any of that prejudice against color, warmly, and they would do nothing that would discourage emigration. His remarks were generally sensible and well received when in full concurrence with the views of his hearers.

After an address from Porter and other unimportant transactions, the Convention adjourned sine die.

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