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Proceedings of the Convention of Colored Men, Held in Edwards Opera House, Parsons, Kansas. April 27th and 28th, 1882.


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slave in the Territory. Well, let us see. We find the following stipulation in the treaty made with the Creek Indians, June 14th, 1866. Said Indians ceded to the U. S., for the settlement of friendly Indians and freedmen, the west half of this entire domain??, to be divided by a line running north and south. This land there certain ly belongs to the government, and, as the treaty provides for the settlement of freedmen therein, the government certainly has the right to grant us the priviledge of settling to the same. And as there has been complete provision made for the freedmen, who were held as slaves in the Territory, where they resided, by giving them this right in common with the Indians. I cannot believe that this land is held for that class of freedmen. I am of the opin ion, that the Word freedmen in the treaty applies to the freedmen of the south.

On motion of Rev. A.W. Green, W. A.?? Price, of Chatauqua, was elected Secretary pro tem.

On motion of C.M. Johnson, a committee of five was appointed on credentials, as follows : C.M. Johnson, E.W. Dorsey, Thomas Scott, T. Glover, and W.A. Moore.

On motion of J. W. French of Labett?? a committee of five was appointed on permanent organization.

The committee retired and the Convention was entertained with speeches by the following named gentlemen : Rev. W. F. Hedgeman, W. B. Avery, A. L. Teal and Z.C. Clark.

Address of Rev. W. B. Avrey, of Parsons, before the Convention of colored men, April 27th, 1882. Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen:

We have come together to deliberate—or, in other words, for the purpose of devising ways and means by which our condition may be bettered. This, and this alone, is the object for which we have called you from your homes and families. It is not politics that has brought us together. (I am glad to say that I, for one, am not a politician). I have not arrived at that state of mind that consents to pass a hot iron over conscience, (a necessary

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