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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 4.pdf

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Mr. WALLS, on taking the chair, said:

Gentlemen of the Convention:

I heartily thank you for the honor you have conferred upon me, and while presiding temporarily over the deliberations of this Convention, I shall discharge the duties impartially, and to the best of my ability. The proceedings will now be opened with prayer by the Rev. W.D. Harris.

Prayer was then offered up by Rev. W.D. Harris, of Columbia.

Mr. RANSIER then moved that Mr. J.H. Deveaux should act as temporary Secretary.

The motion was agreed to.

The CHAIRMAN announced the next business in order to be the appointment of a Committee on Credentials.

Hon. W.G. JOHNSON, of Louisiana, moved that a Committee of five to be appointed by the chair.

Mr. BELCHER moved, as an amendment, that a Committee on Credentials, composed of one from each Congressional District, be appointed by the chair.

The amendment was accepted, and the motion, as amended, was agreed to.

Mr. P.B.S. PINCHBACK, of Louisiana, moved that a call be made of the States represented in the Convention.

Mr. MEYERS, of Maryland, moved to amend by adding, "and that each delegate present rise and announce his name as his State is called."

The amendment was accepted, and the motion, as amended, was agreed to.

The roll was called, and the following gentlemen answered to the call:

From the State of Alabama—James T. Rapier.

From the State of Arkansas—John H. Johnson.

From the State of Florida—J.T. Walls.

From the State of Georgia—H.M. Turner, Charles M. Bradwell, L.W. West, J.C. Bell, J.T. Quarles, E. Belcher, J.H. Deveaux, J.M. Simms, W.A. Golding.

From the State of Louisiana, P.B.S. Pinchback, J.H. Burch, F.C. Antoine, B. Geddis, G.E. Paris.

From the State of Maryland—Isaac Meyer.

From the State of Mississippi—S.H. Scott.

From the State of South Carolina—R.H. Cain, A.J. Ransier, R.B. Elliott, Wilson Cooke, Jos. H. Rainey, H.E. Hayne, B.A. Bosemon, Jr., W.J. Whipper, W.B. Nash, S.J. Lee, J.H. White, F. Williamson.

From the State of Tennessee—A.J.Flowers.

From the State of Texas—John DeBruhl.

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