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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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sel, and, most of all, for Divine guidance in our deliberations and in our decision as to what is best for us. Thou knowest our condition; all things are known to thee. O! be thou our leader. Be thou present with us by thy spirit. May the white winged angel of Peace brood over us, and grant that in all of our doings, being furthered by thy continued help, may we have success in so framing our petition that it will not be rejected. We ask thee to preceed us to the seat of government. Give us the ear of this great nation, Give us access to their hearts, and turn the m toward us. May their consciences be touched and may they be guided by thee to acceed to our requests. Bless this nation. Bless our law makers, and may it be said of them, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, God of Hosts!" We ask tis in the name of thy son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen!

On motion of L. Fulbright, a Committee on Memorial was appointed, consisting of the following named gentleman: W.A. Price, chairman; W.L. Egleson, Shawnee, J.W. Smith, Cherokee; D.B. Garrett, Shawnee, secretary; C.M. Johnson. Morris; J.W. French, Labette; J.A. Holt, Montgomery; T. Glover, Wichita; T.J. Merritt, Labette; W.A. Scott, Neosho.

On motion, convention adjourned till 2 p.m.

A. FAIRFAX, President.

W.B. Avery, Secretary.

The convention then 2 o'clock , p.m.


The convention was called order by the President, as per adjournment.

Rev. Mr. Hollman and Mr. T.S. Martin, of Independence, were introduced and invited to seats upon the rostrum. Both gentlemen declined the honor.

Mrs. Augustus Wilson having presented the convention with a beautiful boquet, with expressions of her hearty sympathy in the work

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