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Proceedings of the Southern States Convention of Colored Men, held in Columbia, S.C., commencing October 18, ending October 25, 1871.

1871SC-Regional-Columbia_Proceedings 2.pdf

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COLUMBIA, S.C., October 18, 1871.

Pursuant to the call for a Southern States Convention, representing the interests of the colored citizens of said States, the Convention assembled this day in the Hall of the House of Representatives, Columbia, S. C. At 12 M., Hon. H. M. TURNER, President of Georgia State Convention, called the Convention to order.

Hon. EDWIN BELCHER, of Georgia, read the following call:


The following preamble and resolutions were adopted by the State Convention of Georgia, held in Atlanta, February 3, 1871:

WHEREAS, The peculiar condition of the colored people in the Southern States, growing out of a combination of local causes, does, in the judgment of this Convention, demand a more practical understanding and mutual cooperation, to the end that a more thorough union of effort, action, and organization may exist; and

WHEREAS, We believe a Convention of the Southern States would most happily supply this exigency and receive the cordial endorsement of the colored citizens of said States; therefore,

Resolved, That we, the members of the Georgia State Convention now assembled, do authorize the President of this Convention to issue a call, in the name of said Convention, for a Southern States Convention, to be held at such a time and place as he, and those with whom he may advise, shall determine best adapted to the public convenience.

The above is a true extract from the minutes of the Georgia State Convention.


Secretary of the Convention.


To the Colored Citizens of the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia:

Having been deputed, in pursuance of the above resolutions, as President of the Georgia State Convention, and by the endorsement of the

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