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Proceedings of the State Convention of Colored Men of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C., July 18, 1883.


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Resolved, That we earnestly urge upon the Superintendent of Education and other school officers of this State to take such steps and devise such means as will secure a more protracted term and extended privileges for the schools, thereby securing to the pupils thereof benefits from which some good will result.

Resolved, That we earnestly urge upon and advise the people to organize educational associations in each county as auxiliaries to the aid furnished by the State, and suggest for the further promotion and advancement of educational interests that the teachers unite in organizing and forming teachers' institute in their respective counties and give their active co-operation and cheerful assistance in all matters looking to the elevation and upbuilding of the people.

Resolved That a committee of five be appointed by the Chair to wait upon the Superintendent of Education and confer freely with him on the question of an extension and enlargement of school facilities and the improvement of the present school system, the better to secure more liberal advantages and decided benefits. The chair appointed the following


J. M. Freeman, G. H. Herriott. Thos. Hamilton, G. O. Marshall, S. W. McKinlay.

On motion of Hon. T. E. Miller the chair appointed the following committee on address and resolutions.

Messrs. Thomas E. Miller, R. C. and W. J. Bowen, R. L. Smith, A. G. Townsend, E. J. Sawyer and H. W. Purvis.


The Convention rea sembled at 7 P. M. The chairman of the committee on the Penitentiary, made a verbal report. He reported that he had an interview with the Governor and that he has said that he knew that there had been abuses and he intended to have them investigated. Received as information.

The chairman of the committee on educatio reported that the committee appointed to wait on the Superintendent of Education were cordially received; that the Superintendent said that the resolutions fully embraced his views as to the educational in eret of the State, that he had intended to so report to the Legislature, and that he would attend the Educational Convention at Louisville in September next to personally urge upon that body to recommend to Congress the passage of the educational bill which is now before Congress, and that the Superintendents of education of the various States would meet there for that purpose. On motion the report was received as information.

The report of the Crommittee on Resolutions and address was then read:

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