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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.6.pdf

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SATURDAY, Aug. 2 o'clock, P. M.

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment. President in the Chair. Prayer by the Rev. J. M. BROWN. The roll called, the minutes of the third session read, received, and adopted.

Mr. Boyd, one of the Secretaries, being absent in consequence of sickness, it was

Resolved, That J.H. MORRIS be appointed assistant Secretary.

The 3d resolution was again taken up, when a motion was made to strike out all after the word emigrate, which was adopted. And then the resolution was laid over for discussion on Monday, 9 o'clock, A.M., Aug. 4th.

The second resolution was then taken from the table, and discussed at some length, when, on motion, it was laid over till Monday, for further consideration.

On motion of J. M. Brown, it was

Resolved, That there be a committee of three appointed to ascertain the amount of taxable property owned by the people of color of the State of Indiana.

The following gentlemen were appointed said committee: Rev. J.M. Brown, Rev. Wm. Anderson, Calvin C. Brown.

On motion, it was

Resolved, That the President appoint three gentlemen to address the Convention and citizens generally, at early candle-lighting upon the subject of their moral and social elevation.

Upon which the Rev. O.T.B. Nickens, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Rev. J. J. Fitzgerald, of Madison, Ind., and J H. Morris, of Tippecanoe County, were appointed.

On motion of W.H. Carter,

Resolved, That the Convention adjourn to meet on Monday morning, 4th inst., at 9 o'clock.

[Saturday evening at candle-light, the Convention and citizens met according to arrangement, and were very interestingly addressed by Revs. Nickens and Fitzgerald, (Mr. Morris absent). After which, while singing several anti-slavery songs, a collection was taken up by the financial committee, to the amount of $6 40, for defraying the expenses of the Convention, such as printing the minutes, paying the Sexton, &c.; and the same was deposited in the hands of the President of the Convention.]

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