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Official proceedings of the Ohio State Convention of Colored Freemen : held in Columbus, January 19th-21st, 1853.

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nations, political parties and individuals of this land, should make it a first duty to relieve themselves of all responsibility for its continuance : that any "finality" of discussion thereon, decreed by any party or parties, is an insult to the intelligence of freeman, and deserves the deepest reprobation.

Resolved, That all our legal disabilities, growing out of the influences of Slavery, should be immediately removed. Of these, the deprivation of the Elective Franchise, our exclusion from the Jury Box, and from the benefit of our taxes for the Poor, are the most important. That we hereby pledge ourselves to form, in this Convention, a State Anti-Slavery Society, which shall support one colored man to traverse the State, to urge before the people the removal of these disabilities.

CONSTITUTION

Whereas, three millions of our brethren and sisters are yet in bonds; and Whereas, in the free states, the colored man is only nominally free ; and Whereas, the elevation of the colored man must depend mainly upon himself ; and believing that by union we can better attain the liberation of our brethren in bonds, and the elevation of the Colored American, half free, we hereby agree to form ourselves into a State Society, to be governed by the following

Articles

ART. 1. This Association shall be styled The Ohio State Anti-Slavery Society.

ART. 2. Its object, exclusively, shall be to forward the objects contained in the Preamble, namely, the liberation of the Slave, and the elevation of the Colored American, half free ; and laying aside all jealousy, we will "help the cause along" to the best of our ability.

ART 3. Any man or woman subscribing to the principles of this Society, as above expressed, shall become a member, by paying into its treasury or the treasury of its auxiliaries, annually not less than the sum of fifty cents.

ART. 4. County Associations, auxiliary to this may be formed, and shall be entitled to a representation in the annual meetings of this Association.

ART. 5. A certain portion of the funds of each auxiliary, shall be paid into the Treasury of this Society, on or before the day of its annual meeting; otherwise the representative of such auxiliary shall not be entitled to vote in said annual meeting.

ART. 6. The officers of this Society shall be a President, two Vice Presidents, a Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary and Treasurer, who, with seven chosen from the remaining members, shall? constitute? the Executive Committee, and shall all hold their offices one year, or until others are chosen.

ART. 7. The duties of the President, Vice President, Secretaries, and Treasurer, shall be those usually attaching to their respective titles, the Executive Committee shall be, in the interim of the meetings of the Society, to take charge of the particular and general interests of the Society, be wide awake to promote them, either by helping the fugitive or otherwise, by employing a Lecturer in the State, and to perform any duties which this Society may reasonably and constitutionally impose upon them.

ART. 8. The annual meetings of this Society for the election of officers, hearing the Annual Report of the Executive Committee and Treasurer and transacting business for the Association, shall be held on the last Wednesday of October in each year.

ART. 9. The Lecturer in the service of this Society, shall be employed and directed in his labors by the Executive Committee; and to them alone shall be accountable.

ART. 10. Whenever undue sectional influences in the doings of this Society, shall be apprehended by any ten of its members, and the apprehension be thus certified to the Executive Committee, they shall give notice that any auxiliary is entitled to one Representative, and that where the members exceed twenty, one Representative to every twenty members

Art. 11. This Constitution may be altered or amended, by a vote of two thirds of the members present at the annual meeting.

3. Resolved, That as a means to the same end; we hereby pledge ourselves to support, by all honorable means, a Newspaper soon to be started in Cleveland, by William H. Day, devoted to our interests.

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