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National Convention at New Orleans, LA


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The convention was called to order by the president last evening at half-past seven.

After several minor circumstances, a resolution was offered providing that the session of Monday next be held with closed doors. This gave the "spouters" a chance to talk about holding secret sessions. Many thought it below the dignity of a colored convention to hold an executive session. The motion was finally laid upon the table.

Some discussion arose in reference to appointing Mr. Frederick Douglass chairman of the committee on civil rights to petition Congress to pass the civil rights bill, in place of F.G. Barbadoes.

Mr. Douglass declined to serve as chairman.

Speeches were then made by A. M. Greene. C. H. Langston and H. M. Turner, after which the convention adjourned.

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