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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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enjoyment of their civil rights, in the courts of the states, they were tried by juries whose prejudices were so great that they only would consider the color of the contesting parties and give their verdict for the white man. Thus deprived of all other privileges, we cried for aid, and clung to the only boon left, that is our Franchise, but too soon was this too, to be arrested from our feeble grasp. Our white friends who had come among us were notified to leave, and if they dared to remain, a markless grave holds the earthly remains of each that so dared. Our own men of intelligence were told they must cease to instruct the colored man or tell him how to vote or they would be murdered. If the angel Gabriel would blow his trumpet and call to earthly existence the decaying bones of those who were murdered in the south for their political views, what an army would present itself. Mr. President could you but read the true history of the colored mans political trials and troubles in the south, could the American people but see a printed list of the names of those who have been murdered for upholding their political convictions it would cause them to cry for shame, and say "How could a just God allow such?" The tales of sorrow that have come up from the Yazoo Valley, and the Louisiana swamps are yet, too fresh in your minds to need recalling. I need but say that the half was not told as in all the interior country no notice was made of the killing of a negro, hence to my own knowledge over twenty deaths of negroes occurred in 1879 in the fifth district of Louisiana, not one of which was published. Thus you see Mr. President, one by one our rights were

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