September 5, 1856
The colored citizens met in the vestry of the Twelfth Baptist Church, with John J. Smith, calling the meeting to order. The meeting resolves to endorse the election of Fremont and Dayton . It resolves against a portion of the Republican platform, which endorses the Kansas free State Constitution, which prohibits colored men from going into that territory, and shows that the party is not an anti-slavery party. John Rock’s speech is praised. John Smith speaks, urging people to see that their taxes are paid and that their names are on the voting roles. There is reference to a petition to the Mayor, asking that the word ‘colored’ be struck from the voting lists and tax bills.