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Colored Ratification Meeting
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TitleColored Ratification Meeting
DescriptionAnnouncement in the Galesburg Republican newspaper, April 16, 1870, for a celebration, to be held in Galesburg, Illinois, of the ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting the right to vote to African Americans.
SubjectConstitutional amendments
Subject (LCSH)Galesburg (Ill.) - Newspapers
Named PersonBalch, Rev. William S.; Fletcher, Dennis; Carr, Clark E.; Morris, G.P.; Barquet, Joseph H.; Franklin, J.S.; Davis, J.D.; Williams, S.D.;
AuthorGalesburg Republican
Time Period1870s
Date Created (original)April 16, 1870
IdentifierMicroforms Cabinets
RightsThis item is out-of-copyright.
CollectionStruggle and Progress-African Americans in Knox County, Illinois (Knox College)
Date Digital2012-08-22
"Oh, it must be now de kingdom's comin',
in de year ob jubile."

When first we heard this stirring re-
frain it was near the blue waters of the
historic Potomac and by the camp fires
of the gallant Fifth Ohio infantry, and
its melody swelled on the night air like a
viking's war song, inspiring with renewed
hope the soldiers all battle-grimed and
toil-worn who participated in the memor-
able Seven Days' Fight. Since that time
many changes have taken place which
were not even anticipated by the most
sanguine or wise. Chiefly among the
changes in our political programme is
the manumission of four millions of hu-
man beings and their endowment with
equal political rights and privileges. To
commemorate this great event and price-
less boon, the colored folks of Galesburg
and surrounding towns, and villages, will
hold a grand celebration in this city on
Thursday next.
At ten o'clock in the morning, the pro-
cession will be formed on the corner of
Main and Prairie streets, and will march
through the principal parts of the city.
The different trade, organizations and so-
cieties of the colored people will be fully
represented in the procession. The Col-
lege City Cornet band and several bands
from our neighboring cities have been en-
gaged for the occasion. A mass meeting
will be held at Caledonia Hall in the even-
ing and numerous able speakers have
consented to be present and add to the
interest of the evening. Among these we
notice Rev. Dr. Balch, Rev. Dennis Fletch-
er, Col. Clark E. Carr, G.P. Morris, of
Monmouth, Capt. Joseph H. Barquet, J.
S. Franklin, J.D. Davis and S.D. Wil-
liams. The liberality of our citizens,
both white and colored, will enable the
managers of this celebration to make a
brilliant display, and we predict an im-
mense success.
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