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Minutes of the State Convention, Convened at Columbus

make declarations of right, and to consult the best means of improvement, both so-
cial and political; and whereas our present condition loudly calls on us for such an
assemblage, and such declarations; and whereas we believe that it is in our power to
do much towards pulling down the strongholds of prejudice, and toward destroying
its accursed and more powerful ally, American Slavery, we do therefore adopt the
following Resolutions as our unflinching sentiments:--
  12. Resolvad, That we are deeply interested in the elevation of our people, and
will sacrifice our money, give our influence, and lay aside all sectarian and party
principles for the accomplishment of our greatest good.
 13.  Resolved, That We will persevere in our efforts for self elevation.  "Eleva-
tion!" shall be our motto, and it we perish, we will perish in the conflict.
  14.  Resolved. That we will neither support, countenance or associate with any
person, society or church, unless we are convinced that they are purely Anti-Slavery.
15.  Resolved, That we earnestly recommend the reconstruction of Temperance
Societies among our people, in order that the morality of our youth may be secured 
the overwhelming tide of intemperance may be stayed and the demoralizing holds of
drunkenness and crime be broken up.
  16.  Resolved, That we are grateful for the school privileges we enjoy, and we do
hope that our white fellow citizens will not so much degrade us as to take from us
this great means of elevation, for we believe that we never can be good citizens
without being educated; for immorality and crime are but the children of ignorance.
  17.  Resolved, That this Convention appoint a deputation to wait upon the Hon.
Reuben Wood, Governor of this State, and respectfully request him to use his official
influence in favor of the elective francise being extended to the colored people in
  18.  Resolved, That this Convention petition the Ohio Legislature  to appoint an
Agent to oversee the colored District Schools in this State.
  19.  Resolved, That this convention recommend to the colored people to hold an-
nual Fairs, at which time and place men and women of all employments may ex-
hibit specimens of the best product of their labors, best stock, &c.
  20. Resolved. That each delegate present be requested to report their statistical
list on Friday the 17th, at 2 o'clock.
  21. Resolved That this convention take into consideration the importance of call-
ing a National Convention, to be held at the most convenient point in the U. S.,
sometime in 1851.
  22. Resolved, That this convention recommend to the colored people in each free
state to send up a petition to the National Convention, which petitions shall be sent
to Queen Victoria, praying her Majesty never to consent to any proposal that may
be made to have Canada annexed to the United States which may be hereafter desig-
  23.  Resolved, That a Corresponding Committee of three be appointed to corres-
pond with the leading colored men in the U. S., for the purpose of determining the
time of holding the National Convention.
  21. Resolved, That our next State Convention be held in the city of Cincinnati,
sometime in 1852, and that we appoint a State Central Committee, a majority of
whom shall be located in said city.
  25. Resolved, That this Convention recommend to the different colored Churches
in the State, who do not hold monthly concerts of prayer in behalf of the slave, to
immediately establish such concerts of prayer to be observed once a month, and not
to forget in their private and public devotions to remember the slaves as bound with
  WHEREAS, There still remains on the Statute Books of Ohio, important legal re-
strictions, and disabilities, founded on the unjust and inhuman distinctions of cast
or complexion, which laws not only oppress and degrade the free colored citizens of
the state of Ohio, but subvert and anihilate the great principles of "equal rights to
all men," as laid down in our organic law, as the foundation of our political in-
  Therefore, Resolved, That the laws which prohibit colored men from seats in the
jury box, and the poor houses of the state, is tyranical, infamous, unjust and oppres-
sive, and ought therefore to be unconditionally repealed,
  And Whereas, there are usuages and practices, founded on wicked and malicious
predjudice, against an unoffending and loyal class of citizens, common in the state
of Ohio, which oporate grately to our discomfort, anoyance and real injury, such
as being prohibited comfortable seats in public stages, and other public conveyances,
and being excluded from Colleges, Academies and Seminaries of learning, as well
as from the benefits of the Deaf and Dumb Asylum of the state, and yet many of
these Institutions are supported inpart,by the taxes paid into the Treasury by color-
ed men.
  26.  WHEREAS, the people have from time to time immemorial assembled in con-
vention, to make declarations of rights and to consult the best means of improve-
ment, both socially and politically, and whereas our present condition, loudly calls for


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