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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.

1869-WASHGINGTON DC-Colored national Labor Convention 34.pdf

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sacred rights and interests of the people in the public lands from further encroachments in this direction, and we especially and earnestly protest against appropriations of these lands except for occupation in limited quantities by actual settlers.

Resolved, that we earnestly invite Congress to consider whether some measures cannot be adopted to facilitate the settlement of Southern colored and other laborers upon the unoccupied lands, believing that a more independent, and, therefore, a more intelligent citizenship would be the outgrowth of the nation's liberality.

The following resolution was offered by George T. Downing:

Resolved, That this convention express its most earnest desire that their shall be brought about, at the earliest possible time, a union of such National Labor Unions as do or many exist on the basis of not proscribing persons on account of their sex or color.

Mr. J. A. Warren, of Ohio, offered a resolution recommending the Christian Recorder, of Philadelphia, to the support of the colored people.

Abram Smith, of Tennessee, offered the following, which was referred:

Resolved, That this Convention endorse the Tennessee Manual Labor University Industrial School, devoted to the elevation and improvement of youth in industry, art and mental improvement.

Mr. Cumback, of Mississippi, made a short address congratulating the Convention on the great success of the Republican Party in his State. They had marched foward with the Star-Spangled Banner over them; and had achieved a great triumph—over 30,000 Radical majority—and he had swam lakes and rivers to give this Convention the glad tidings.

R. M. Adger, of Pennsylvania, offered the following:

Resolved, That it is the desire of the mechanics and laborers of Philadelphia that the Convention devise ways and means by which mechanics and laborers, regardless of color, be admitted to workshops on equal terms ; and that our children may learn the various branches of trade.

Resolved, That this Convention recommend to the Executive Committee to elect a delegate to represent the interests of the labor movement in the Labor Congress.

L.H. Douglass, Secretary, read a communication from the National Executive Committee of colored men, expressing satisfaction with the National Labor Convention, and offering co-operation with them in the interests of colored labor.

Mr. Wm. U. Saunders, of Nevada, offered a resolution that the members of this Convention cheerfully bear testimony to the untiring zeal of the National Executive Committee of colored men in the performance of its important trust, and therefore tender to it their hearty thanks for the great good which it has already accomplished in various matters touching the welfare of the colored people of the United States.


The Committee on National Labor Union reported the following Vice-Presidents:—Albert Somerville, Tennessee; J.F. Rapier, Alabama: W. H. Lester, Virginia; Wm. Bonner, Louisiana; W.H. Hall, California; Robert H. Small Nevada; J.B. Hutchins, North Carolina; W.T. Cumback, Mississippi; J.F. Long, Georgia; E.S. Traners, Florida; Charles M. Linn, Connecticut; A. E. Veazey, Delaware; J. A. Warner, Ohio; P. H. Donegan, D. C., J. T. Waugh, Rhode Island; J. W. Jones, West Virginia; W. H. Fletcher, Massachusetts; W. P. Brooks, Wisconsin; R. Adger, Pennsylvania; Wm. Perkins, Maryland; S.C. Watson, Michigan; W. P. Powell, New York; J. H. Rainey, South Carolina; and J. Woodlin, New Jersey.

J. R. W. Leonard, of New York, chairman of Committee on Printing, read a communication from twenty-five colored printers of New York con-

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