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Proceedings of the Colored National Labor convention : held in Washington, D.C., on December 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th, 1869.

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Pending the report of the committee, A.M. Powell, Esq., of New York, addressed the Convention.

The Committee on Permanent Organization reported the following, which was adopted:

PRESIDENT--Hon. James H. Harris, North Carolina.


William F. Butler, New York ; M. Van Horn, Rhode Island ;

William U. Saunders, Nevanda ; Milton Holland, Ohio ;

T.J. Mackey, South Carolina ; William Perkins, Maryland ;

Charles H. Peters, D.C. ; James T. Rapier, Alabama :

William T. Hays, North Carolina ; Jeff T. Long, Georgia ;

Bishop J.P. Campbell, New Jersey ; Caleb Milburn, Delaware ;

Rev. J.P. Evans, Virginia ; J.W.. Menard, Louisiana ;

Charles McGlynn, Connecticut ; Rev. J. Sella Martin, Massachusetts ;

E.S. Francis, Florida ; G.B. Stebbins, Michigan ;

O.L.C. Hughes, Pennsylvania ; Abram Smith, Tennessee ;


William U. Saunders, Nevada ; Lewis H. Douglass, District of Col.


Hon H.P. Harmon, Florida ; G.S. Woodson, Pennsylvania.


James Hammond, Maryland ; G.M. Mabson, North Carolina.

A committee was appointed to conduct the President to the chair.

After a brief speech from the President, the Convention adjourned till 7 o'clock P.M.



DECEMBER 6, 1869

Convention called to order by the President.

The Committee on Credentials presented the names of W.H. Lewis of Washington, D.C. ; W.U. Derrick, of Virginia, James Copeland, of Virginia ; Charles Rolls, of Maryland ; Rev. John R. Henry, of Maryland ; and S.P. Cummins, of Massachusetts, which was entered on the roll as delegates.

Considerable excitement was created on announcing the name of Mr. McLane, President of the National Plasterer's Union. On obtaining the floor, Mr. Langston made a lengthy speech against his admission to membership, claiming that by his admission the Convention would give a quasi endorsement to the views held by the large proscriptive organization which he represented. He claimed that the gentleman alluded to held allegiance to no political party other than the Labor party and that he intended to use his influence to build up a third party on the ruins of both the Republican and Democratic, that colored men could not in justice to themselves ignore, and, by uniting themselves to the policy of the already existing labor organizations, nullify all the good results of the Republican party ; charging the Convention to beware how far they commit themselves and to adopt a platform so broad that all the laboring men of the world might stand upon it, lending influence to that party only in so far that its members advance the black man side by side with themselves.

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