Georgia’s Colored Citizens

The Courant American Newspaper
Cartersville, Georgia
December 1, 1892, Page 6
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Georgia’s Colored Citizens.

Atlanta, Nov. 24.—Leading colored men of the state, who have been in session here several days, have finally prepared and submitted to the legislature a memorial setting forth certain grievances. The memorial protests against separate accommodations or railroad trains for the races, declaring the practice to be unjust and not in keeping with the spirit, intent and purpose of the law. The present law is declared to be humiliating in regard to street cars, where discrimination engenders distrust between the races. A repeal of discriminating legislation is urged or the institution of first and second class fares after the manner of North and South Carolina.

Regarding education it says teachers should be paid according to grade and not according to color.

A plea is entered in behalf of the colored troops of the state, with recommendation of proper legislative enactment whereby colored troops may be given proper recognition and encouragement.

The present convict lease system was heartily condemned, as was also lynch law, which was characterized as one of the worst crimes ever practiced by civilized people.

No sympathy is felt for the colored men who committed the brutal crimes, it says, but an equal justice to all and proper enforcement of the law of the land is recommended.


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