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The Minutes of the State Convention of the People of Color of the State of Indiana

1851 Indianapolis State Convention.compressed.2.pdf

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David Johnson, Vigo County;

William Chandlor, " "

Jesse Mitchell, " "

Rev. John Morgan, Washington and Orange Counties;

Rev. John A. Warren, Clark County;

William J. Greenly, Floyd "

Rev. Joseph J. Fitzgerald, Jefferson County;

Rev. William Anderson, " "

Rev. William T. Couzins, Clark "

Rev. Benjamin Crider, Jefferson "

Samuel Jones," "

John H. Morris, Tippeconoe "

T. S. McCoy, Wayne "

William Dudley, Bartholomew "

William T. Boyd, Madison "

Calven Brown, Putnam "

Morris Brooks, Shelby "

Henry Vestell, Johnson "

Calvin Outland, Wayne "

Elisha Weaver, Posey, Vanderburg, and Gibson Counties;

D. N. McDowell, Ripley County.

On motion it was,

Resolved, That the Chair appoint a committee of five to choose permanent officers for the Convention.

The following were appointed said committee: H. W. Carter, T. Bushrod, P. B. Delany, J. L. Johnson, and Rev. J. Morgan.

The committee retired, and while absent the Convention was very warmly and eloquently addressed by the Rev. Mr. Fitzgerald, when the committee returned and reported the following:

JOHN G. BRITTON, President.


D. N. McDOWELL, } Vice Presidents.


W. T. Boyd, } Secretaries.

Rev. JOHN A. WARREN, Chaplain.

The report was received and adopted, and the above officers took their seats.

The President appointed Mr. John Manly Door Keeper, and then arose and addressed the Convention as follows:

GENTLEMEN OF THE CONVENTION: I am fully aware of the honor you have conferred upon me to preside as Chairman over this deliberative body of the Colored Americans of Indiana, now assembled in convention for the purpose of discussing subjects of a grave and important character. Gentlemen, we have been called together at a period of great excitement; at a time when the whole State is in commotion in regard to our

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