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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.5.pdf

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Third Session.

SATURDAY MORNING, 9 o'clock, Aug. 2d, 1851.

The President in the Chair. A quorum being present, the house was called to order, and prayer offered by Rev. J. Morgan. The roll was called, the minutes of the second session read, received, corrected, and adopted; after which, the order of the day was taken up. The business committee was called on to report, when the following was reported:

To the President and Convention assembled:

We, your committee, appointed to prepare business for the consideration of this Convention, beg leave to report the following preamble and resolutions:

Whereas, The second section of the second article of the Constitution of the State of Indiana, as framed by the Constitutional Convention of 1851, deprives its colored citizens of the elective franchize; AND WHEREAS, The second section of the thirteenth article prohibits others of our brethren from coming into or settling in the State, while foreigners of all nations are invited; therefore,

Resolved, That we ask and earnestly pray, in case of its adoption, that constitutional measures may be taken in accordance with the 16th article for its amendment.

2nd. Whereas, We have an unquestionable right to the land of our birth, in common with all other men; therefore,

Resolved, That we recommend our people to remain in the land of our nativity, and labor on, and ever, until we shall have effected our own elevation, morally, politically, intellectually, and socially, and have obtained the repeal of all laws affecting our disabilities and grievances.

3d. Resolved, That should the laws of the State of Indiana become so oppressive as to be intolerable, we recommend our people to emigrate to Canada or Jamaica, in preference to Liberia.

On motion, it was

Resolved, That the report be received.

On motion, it was

Resolved, That the report be submitted for adoption, item by item.

On motion, it was

Resolved, That the preamble and first resolution be adopted.

A motion was made for the adoption of the second resolution, when considerable discussion came up, for and against it; when it was

Resolved, That the resolution be laid on the table.

On motion, the third resolution was taken upon its adoption, when, after some discussion the Convention adjourned to meet at 2 o'clock, P. M.

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