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

1882KS-State-Parsons_Proceedings-17.pdf

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abridged, cut off, and entirely obliterated, till at last, they by murder and robbery took our ballot from us. Then the oppressed could no longer stand it, they silently moved away and the exodus became general. At this crisis Mr. President, they followed him? to the river to force him back. This would not do. They then cried aloud to the few intelligent colored men that had remained, to help them check the depopulation of their plantations. They called a convention at Vicksburg and invited the colored men to participate, passed resolutions promising to secure every man his rights. The colored men trusted them, but as soon exodus was checked, the old persecution was begun again. Robbery and murder held sway and the colored people are today more oppressed than ever. As I have said Mr. President, those who are heralded? from the bright and beautiful sunny? South to seek a home where they might serve their God under their own vine and fig tree, preferring the chances of starvation to that of bondage. They are here and Mr. President, what is their condition. Ah, sir it is indeed sad to relate, but it is true, many of them are in the most destitute circumstances. Not because of their indolence, but because of the scarcity of labor from which to earn their sustenance. What are we to do? How can we secure the means to make a living? The unoccupied land in this part of the state is of but little value, and the private lands we are unable to buy because we have not the money, and but few? of us have the teams to cultivate the land, so I ask again, what are we to do? The

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