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Proceedings of the Convention of Colored Citizens of the State of Arkansas : held in Little Rock, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30, Dec. 1 & 2.

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PROCEEDINGS OF THE CONVENTION OF COLORED CITIZENS OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS, HELD IN LITTLE ROCK, THURSDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, NOV. 30, DEC. 1 AND 2, 1865

PROCEEDINGS

Little Rock., Ark., November 30th, 1865.

On Thursday, November 30th, the Convention met to effect a Permanent Organization and arrange all preliminaries relative to the business and ob-object of the Convention.

On motion, Rev. J. T. White was called to the chair as President of the Convention.

On motion, Mr. J. W. Denby was called upon to act as Secretary, pro tem. Carried.

On motion, as stated by the Chair, Rev. W. W. Andrews was called upon to act as Vice-President. Carried.

The Chairman, in a short and eloquent address, stated the object of the Convention, and returned his thanks for the honor conferred upon him. He stated that we had met for the purpose of conferring with each other, as to our best interest and future prosperity; also, to memorialize the State Legislature and Congress of the United States, to grant us equality before the law, and the right of suffrage, because he believes we have earned it and, therefore, we deserve it; we have bought it with our blood, and, therefore, it is of priceless value to us— and thus beautifully describes in the language of the poet—

That some things are worthless, some so good, 
That Nations that buy them, pay only in blood.

He then requested the Delegates present to report:

J. T. White, Phillipps County,

David Young, Chicot "

John A. Jones, Pulaski "

W. W. Andrews, " "

A. L. Richmond, " "

E. W. Armstead, " "

B. Right, " "

Wilson Brown, " "

Nathan Warren, " "

Jesse Lawson, Dallas "

Yancey Bowlen, " "

George Sewell, Sebastine "

All of which were received, and took seats in the Convention.

On motion, Messrs. Moses Edwards, Brutus Jackson and Winfield Scott, were appointed Committee on Invitations and Arrangements. Carried.

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