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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 17.pdf

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Mr. ANTOINE, from Committee on Credentials, reported that they had examined the credentials of Mr. Edwin Shaw, of Tennessee, and W.H Grey, of Arkansas, and find that they are duly accredited delegates to this Convention.

Messrs. Shaw and Grey then took their seats as members of the Convention.

The PRESIDENT presented the following dispatch, which was ordered to be spread upon the Minutes:

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE, October18, 1871.

To the Southern States Convention:

Delaware sends greetings, and bids your Convention "God speed."

(signed) WM. Howard Day

Mr. RAPIER introduced the following resolutions, which were referred to the Committee on Resolutions and Communications:

1. Resolved, That this Convention endorse the administration of President Grant.

2. Resolved, that this Convention appoint a Committee, to consist of one from each State and Territory represented on this floor, to select a suitable person, to be supported by the members hereof, directly and indirectly, in the next National Republican Convention, as the choice of the colored people of the South, for the Presidency of the United States.

Mr. Belcher, of Georgia, intruded the following preamble and resolution, which was referred to the Committee on Resolutions and Communications:

Whereas, the civil rights of collared persons are invaded in many of the States, by an odious discrimination on railroads, steamboats, and other public conveyances under charters granted by the Legislatures thereof; and

Whereas, the power is reversed to the General Government to correct the wrong complained of, and to secure to every citizen equal privileges and immunities on the public highways; be it, therefore,

Resolved, That this Convention, representing the suffrages of nearly one million of voters, and four and a half millions of American citizens, respectfully urge upon Congress the passage of the Supplemental Civil Rights Bill, introduced in the Senate of the United States, by the Hon. Carles Sumner, of Massachusetts.

Mr. Quarles, of Georgia, offered the following preamble and resolution, which was referred to the Committee on Resolutions and Communications:

Whereas, the question of the annexation of San Domingo is now agitating the public mind; and whereas this is a question in which colored citizens of this country are vitally interested:

Resolved, That the colored citizens of the South, in Convention assembled, regretting those differences that have arisen between good men upon

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