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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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suggest that the meeting of this evening resolve to call a mass meeting or convention for the freedmen of Southern Kansas at the earliest convenience, to be held in the city of Parsons, and in said meeting or convention decide upon some plan to present their claims for redress to the authorities in power.

I will, if possible, attend your convention and assist you in whatever way I can to aid in meeting? and to further your demands for justice.

Praying God in Heaven to hear your cries

and make the ear of the nation do likewise

that you may yet be a happy people in a united home

and truly sing the Year of Jubilee has come."

Yours for God and humanity

Mrs Augustus Wilson

At the adjourned mass meeting on the 24th of March, as referred to above, the needed? committees were appointed and the following call was unanimously approved to? and ordered, ? and certified.

A Call for a Convention of Colored Men.

A large portion? of the present colored residents of southern Kansas have arrived in this ? during the ? from Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Most of them have ? of the soil before coming here and will prefer that occupation. While the ? of them are well adapted to such employment and could possibly succeed in it; and they do not possess the requisite farms?, farming implements, etc., to properly engage in it, or carry it on successfully? Some of the best white friends of our case think they have a plan in view, which is promptly and unitedly concurred ? by the mass of our people, will eventually enable us, through the blessing of God and our own faithful, individual efforts, to improve ? condition, as well as promote our intellectual, oral and spiritual advancement, "In unity there is strength?," and if we can meet together as a representative body, and harmoniously work together mentally for one day in the near future, we believe that substantial benefit may result therefrom both to ourselves and our children after us. Hence we, the colored people of Parsons and vicinity, at a mass

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