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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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of the convention, Rev. Mr. Avery offered a vote of thanks ; but a portion of the delegates being absent in committee rooms, the action thereon was deferred until after the adoption of the Memorial.
Mrs. Augustus Wilson, Mrs. S. Simonson and Mrs. Rev. Dr. Hartley were introduced to the convention from the gallery. Each of the ladies arose, and, with a few appropriate remarks, addressed the convention, expressing a deep interest in the object of the convention, with a hope that it might result in success; being blessed and ruled by Him who doeth all things wells, and whose tender mercy and loving kindness is not only extended to the wise and great, but to the poor and oppressed of every land.
The Committee on memorial being ready reported the following:
Your Committee on Memorial beg leave to submit the following, and do recommend its adoption.
W. A. PRICE, Ch'm of Com.
To the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States:
We, your humble petitioners, would respectfully represent to you, as the lawmakers of this great Nation that, after the close of the "war of rebellion" in this country, the descendants of the African race residing in the United States were eventually legally declared to be free American citizens.
Ignorance and proverty mainly accompanied those of our people who had them recently emerged from slavery; surrounding circumstances have caused those same elements to still remain with us to a great extent, and as our people have already show-both by word and deed-our loyalty to the national government, we honestly feel that we have a right-during this, our time of need-to respectfully ask that same government to simply help us to help ourselves to become self-supporting.
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