National Convention of Colored People

August 8, 1851

An account of the Convention, held at Albany.  Resolutions expressed an opposition to the colonization scheme, “claiming the right to remain here and follow respectively whatever business pursuits the colored man may choose.” Also there was opposition to the Fugitive Slave Law, and another resolution supporting the right of colored children to be educated at the common schools with white children.  There was also a resolution to petition for an amendment to the Constitution, granting the right to vote to the colored man, and another favoring the settlement upon lands granted to colored people by Gerrit Smith.