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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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have to wait and wander under trials and difficulties, like the Isrealites in the Wilderness, but do not return back to Egypt. Press onward; the promised land is before you and will be an inheritance to your children and your children's children. I may be like Moses, buried in the valley; but God will raise to you a Joshna that will convey you across the river Jordan into the Land of Canaan. Then earnestly, humbly, and prayerfully ask it, believing God will help you to secure it. Honor God in your works and praise Him in song, and, in the language of the poet, as that He will abide with you.

"Abide with me; fast falls the eventide; Tho darkness deepens Lord abide. When other helpers fall and comforts flee; Help of the helpless abide with me."

Mr. Augustus Wilson, of the Commercial Bank of this city, was introduced from the gallery, whereupon the Convention arose; After assuring the convention of his interest in the success of the colored people, and of his sympathy and endorsement of the objects in view, Mr. Wilson said: "I shall take pleasure in assisting Mrs. Wilson to carry out your wishes and the work you have entrusted to her hands, and do what I can to further the object of your convention." To which a rising vote of thanks was tendered.

The Parsons Cornet Band having entertained the convention during the evening, with excellent music, the following was offered by W. A. Prior, and adopted.

RESOLVED, That the thanks of the convention by tendered Mr. J. W. Smith leader of the Parsons Cornet Band, and the other members for having so highly entertained the convention this evening.

RESOLVED, That we high appreciate the compliment and shall ever remember it with pleasure.

L. Fulbright offered the following, which was adopted:

RESOLVED, That the following named papers, and all others friendly to the interest of the colored people, be requested to publish the proceedings of the convention:

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