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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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Mr. Riddle of Hamilton county to the Senate of this State. He pledged himself never to leave the country so long as there were three or four millions of slaves groaning in chains in the United States.

Mr. R. Hammond then addressed the convention, denouncing the Colonization Society as a band of wicked and nefarious apologists for American Slavery.

Mr. John Watson of Lorain also addressed the convention, opposing all discussion of using physical force, and also opposing Colonization in all its forms.

Mr. Hope of Delaware, then addressed the convention on matters and things in general.

Mr. Douglass of Franklin, then stated that he wished to define his position on the subject of colonization. He said he had been misrepresented on this subject, and his influence thereby injured. He was opposed to that diabolical scheme. It was formed for the perpetuation of Slavery. He thought that under some circumstances colored men may advance their interest by emigration.

W. H. Day was then called to the floor. He proceeded to read extracts from the Colonization Journal, and showed the falsity of its statement in reference to Frederick Douglass. Mr. Day proceeded to show the truth of the resolution from colonization and other documents. The resolution was then taken up and adopted.

The eleventh resolution was then taken up and adopted.

The twelfth resolution was adopted after some remarks by W. H. Day.

On motion of J. F. James it was

Resolved, That the delegates to this Convention constitute the Ohio State Anti-Slavery Society.

It was further

Resolved, that we now proceed to elect officers of this Society.

The following persons were elected:

President—A. J. GORDON of Cuyahoga.

Vice President—D. Jenkins of Franklin, S. Cox of Lorain.

Rec. Sec'y—C. H. Langston of Franklin

Cor. Sec'y—W. H. Day of Cuyahoga.

Treasurer—John Watson of Lorain.

Executive Committee—J.H. Yancey of Miami; J. R. Bowles of Greene; E. Davis and H. F. Douglass of Franklin; S. F. Jones of Belmont; John Brown of Cuyahoga; Thomas Jefferson of Montgomery

On motion of Wm. H. Day, J. Mercer Langston was appointed Lecturer for the society.

The delegates then on motion, were called up to pay their initiation fees.

Amount paid in, $5,50.

The Convention then adjourned till 8 o'clock, Friday morning.

FRIDAY, Jan. 21.

FORENOON SESSION.—The President in the chair, the scripture was read, and prayer offered by the chaplain. The minutes of the preceding session were read and approved.

D. Jenkins moved that so much of the proceedings of the last session as elected the Lecturer and the Officers of the Ohio Anti Slavery be reconsidered.

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