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Proceedings of the Iowa State Colored Convention : held in the city of Des Moines ; Wednesday and Thursday, February 12th and 13th, 1868.

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PROCEEDINGS OF THE IOWA STATE COLORED CONVENTION, HELD IN THE CITY OF DES MOINES, FEBRUARY 12TH AND 13TH, 1868

CIRCULAR

CALL FOR A STATE COLORED CONVENTION

Fellow Citizens: In the exercise of a liberty which we hope you will not deem unwarrantable and which is given us by virtue of our connection and Identity with you, as an oppressed and disfranchised people, the undersigned do hereby, most earnestly and affectionately, invite you, EN MASSE, or by your chosen representatives, to assemble in Convention, in the City of Des Moines, on the 12th day of February, 1868, at 10 o'clock A.M., for the purpose of considering the question of our enfranchisement, which is now before the Legislature and will soon be submitted to the voters of Iowa for their votes. All in favor of equal rights, come! Strike for freedom whilst it is day! Let all our churches, literary and other societies, be represented. All who will attend please forward their names to Rev. J. W. Malone, Keokuk Iowa, or to Rev. S. T. Wells, Des Moines.

Rev. J. W. Malone, Keokuk.

J. W. Guy, "

Y. E. Anderson, "

Rev. J. C. Cary, " 1

Rev. C. L. Holmes, "

D. Lawrence, "

A. Morris, Fort Madison.

J. D. Waterford, Oskaloosa.

G. Phelps, ”

T. A. Bush, "

Rev. J. Skipworth, "

Rev. S. T. Wells, Des Moines.

A. Brown, " "

A. W. Carter, " ”

Alex. Clark, Muscatine.

Rev. J. Bass,

C. Montgomery, Tipton.

Rev. P. C. Cooper, Davenport.

G. Reece, "

J. Barber, "

Jordan Warwick, "

Rev. S. Nichols, Mt. Pleasant.

PROCEEDINGS

FIRST DAY

Des Moines, Iowa, February 12, 1868.

Pursuant to the call, the Convention assembled in Burns' Chapel on Wednesday, February 12th, 1868, at 10 o'clock, A.M., and was called to order by Rev. S. T. Wells, of Des Moines.

On motion of Alex. Clark,1 of Muscatine, Rev. S. T. Wells of Des Moines was appointed President pro tem., and P. C. Cooper, of Davenport, Secretary pro tem.

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