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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 89.pdf

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consequence of the same; and whereas, many prominent colored men disapproved of said call, because they considered it sectional; therefore, be it

Resolved, That the President of this Convention be, and is hereby, authorized to call a National Convention of the colored people of the United States, to meet at the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, on the 2d Wednesday of April, 1872.

Resolved, That the representation to said Convention shall be two from each State or Territory at large, and one for each twenty thousand colored voters, and one for each fractional part over ten thousand, to be elected as the State may determine.

Mr. GIBBS introduced the following, which was agreed to:

Whereas it is the sense of this Convention, that the gratifying evidences everywhere discernible throughout the length and breadth of the late reconstructed States, of educational requirements, free thought and general intelligence among the lately emancipated freedmen, is largely due to the benevolence of individuals and various charities inaugurated in the Northern States for the education of the freedmen; therefore, be it

Resolved, That with heartfelt thanks we earnestly solicit a continuance of their very valuable moral and material aid; their moral aid, that the press and public sentiment of the country shall be in accord with this great work; their material aid, that, through the instrumentalities of the school house and Northern teachers, deep down in the hearts of our youth may be implanted those liberty-loving principles that have made our common country that crowning glory of the world.

On motion of Mr. BURCH, a vote of thanks was given to the Daily Union, for its impartial and faithful report of the proceedings of the Convention.

Mr. ELLIOTT introduced the following, which was considered immediately and agreed to:

Resolved, That this Convention tender its hearty thanks to the Hon. H. M. Turner, of Georgia, and Isaac Meyers, Esq., of Maryland, for their worthy and noble efforts in securing the assemblage of this body and making its deliberations a success.

Resolved, That the delegation from Georgia be requested to carry to the people of their State the earnest congratulations of this Convention for their conception of the grand idea that has brought us together, and that can only tend to cement the colored people of America into an harmonious brotherhood.

Mr. GREY introduced the following, which was considered immediately and agreed to:

Resolved, That the thanks of this Convention are due, are hereby tendered, to Lieut. Gov. A. J. Ransier, for the dignified manner in which he has presided over the deliberations of this Convention.

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