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Report: Colored Men's Convention.

1883TX-State-Austin_Reports-page2.pdf

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Austin.

Colored Convention--Galveston Cotton Weighers--Railroad Meeting--Public School Funds--A Trifling Controversy, Etc.

[Special Telegram to the News.]

Austin, July 10.—The convention of colored men of this State met this morning in Representative hall and organized by making Rev. A. Grant temporary chairman and J. B. Scott secretary, who were subsequently elected permanent officers of the convention, after some contention. A resolution was adopted providing for various committees, the most noteworthy being one on Judge Turner's civil rights decision, on morals, railroads, education, lands, homesteads, asylums and constitutional amendments. A committee was appointed to invite the governor to speak to the convention to-morrow morning. One of their orators contended that his people only had their legal rights and proposed to vindicate them in a legal way. He seemed to have at least reached the conclusion that they were not likely to get any aid in that line from the Republican party, but held that his people were now in a condition to throw that party overboard. He had traveled all over Texas and found only one hotel where the man and brother was not assigned to the kitchen to get his meals. On the railroads they were badly treated, but the whites being the best patrons of the roads their prejudices against colored people were catered to by railway officials. This orator criticised Judge Turner as severely as Democrats do. It is stated that if Governor Ireland speaks to them tomorrow, he will be interrogated as to the right of colored blind and deaf and dumb children to education in the State asylums for children so afflicted, and if there is any authority in law to discriminate on account of color in detailing colored convicts to work on the sugar plantations?

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