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Proceedings of the State Colored Educational Convention Held at Frankfort, Kentucky, August 22, 1877

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FRANKFORT, KY., August 22, 1877.

Pursuant to a call made by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, quite a number of leading colored educators from various parts of the State met in Convention in the above-named city.

The Convention assembled in the courthouse at 10 o'clock, A.M., and was called to order by Dr. Henderson, who, in stating the object of the Convention, said that he had called the Convention in order to organize, under the Common School Laws, an Educational Association that should be perfectly free from all sectarian and political influences, and whose aim should be to secure an improvement of the teachers by union of effort, and also to ascertain the real wants of the colored race, and to respectfully lay before the Legislature of Kentucky the necessities and desires of the colored citizens. He said that the movement had met with great favor from representative men of both races; that he had received a great number of letters from colored teachers throughout the State, who expressed great regret that they could not be present on the very important occasion.

The Doctor made many other very important remarks, all of which were cordially received and heartily cheered by the members of the Convention.

After which, Messrs. J.H. Jackson, of Lexington, Kentucky, was elected temporary Chairman, and C.C. Vaughn, Secretary.

Mr. Jackson, on taking the chair, made a few remarks, in which he thanked the Convention for the distinguished honor conferred upon him. He fully assured all of the interest he had in the advancement of education in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

He presided over the body with grace and dignity, and with entire satisfaction to the Convention. He is a gentleman of scholarly attainment, a graduate of Berea College, and Principal of one of the colored schools in Lexington, Kentucky.

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