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Lynch, John Roy, 1847-1939; Howard, Merrimon; Pinchback, Pinckney Benton Stewart, 1837-1921; Political conventions

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 11. A conference of leading colored men was held in this city last night to consider the expediency of holding a national conference of colored citizens of the United States. Gov. Pinchback was selected chairman, Jerome A. Johnson, of this District, secretary. Among others present were John R. Lynch, of Miss.; Rev. J. C. Embry, financial agent A.M.E. Church; Prof. Richard Theodore Greener, of S.C., Jas. B. Devaux, of Ga., member from the national republican commission; A. Dumont, of La.; J. Wesley Cromwell, of Va.; F. L. Cardoza, of S.C.; Rozier D. Beckley, of Va.; Merrimon Howard, of Miss.; James D. Kennedy, of La.; John Thomas Johnson, of District of Columbia; Col. Perry Carson, of Md.; Henry J. Cryer, of District of Columbia; F. G. Barbadoes, of Cal.; Dr. A. T. Augusta, John A. Gray, Dr. Charles B. Purvis, of District of Columbia; T. J. Minton, of S.C., and others. It was decided to hold the conference at Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday, May 6, 1879. The chairman was empowered to appoint an executive committee of fifteen, of which he was made chairman, which was authorized to extend invitations to prominent colored men throughout the country, confer with railroads relative to reduced fare to and from the place of meeting, and make all necessary arrangements. The form of the circular was agreed upon, embodying the objects of the proposed conference, which is to consider the situation of the colored people in the South relative to the enjoyment of life, liberty and property; also their educational, moral, social and political condition and the question of emigration. It is expected that this proposed conference will be the most influential gathering of colored men ever assembled in this country. Its proceedings will undoubtedly be looked forward to with much interest by the American people, and must prove to be of incalculable benefit to the colored race.




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