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National Convention at New Orleans, LA
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talked with railroad managers, and they have told me that they did not object, but their passengers might.
Another incident I will relate to you. While in St. Louis I went to Planters' Hotel and registered my name. I had no more than turned my back than the clerk scratched my name out of the book. I asked him why he did so. He did not answer. I asked him again. He said: "I have no answer to give." I turned around to him and said: "I understand, sir. You can give no reason. You decline to give a reason, for if you were to give any it would be an infamous one." So it is, my friends. They can give no reasons but infamous ones There is no prejudice against color. You might go into the finest society, sit in a carriage and beside a lovely lady, her hand covered with gold and her neck sparkling with diamonds, but you must go as a servant, as menial. There is no prejudice against color, but this idea of social equality these with people can not bear.
In reference to this resolution I hope the members will vote unanimously. Let there not be a dissenting voice. Stand by civil rights. Look out for the black man's rights. Do whatever you think conducive to their interest and welfare.
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