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Missouri Constitutional Convention of 1865 Album inside cover.

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Identifier: P0487-3015

Title: Missouri Constitutional Convention of 1865 Album inside cover.

Description: Inner album cover with printed writing and signatures. "Mayor Chauncey I. Filley, upon his thirty-fourth birthday anniversary, October 17, 1863, presided at a meeting held in the Court House, to demand a new and immediate unconditional emancipation constitutional convention to free the slaves in the State, Lincoln's proclamation not covering it. On February 13, 1864, an enabling act passed the Legislature to call one, which met January 6, 1865, in which he was a delegate, and five days later passed the following ordinance, which immediately and unconditionally became the law: An Ordinance Abolishing Slavery in Missouri. Be it ordained by the people of the State of Missouri in convention assembled: That hereafter in this State there shall be neither Slavery nor involuntary Servitude, except in punishment of crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted; and all persons held to Service or labor as Slaves, are hereby declared free. Passed in Convention, the 11th day of January, A.D. 1865. [66 signatures] Having aided and for a while led the fight to free the slaves in Missouri, it became his duty as pleasure to help them get the means of education, and the chance to climb the ladder of life. Thus where there was not a colored school teacher in St. Louis in the public schools in 1875, there are now about 150. In 1873 he put on without solicitation, suggestion or interference from any source, one or more in every department of the Postoffice, and six on as letter carriers, thus giving the black man west of the Mississippi River, or in an old Slave State the first honorable appointment and service in the Federal Service, and the aid to show himself competent as they did. Mr. Filley is the only survivor of the ten delegates in that convention from St. Louis and one of the surviving seven--Filley, Gilbert, Holland, St. Gem, Switzer, Thelenius and Weatherby, of the sixty-six members thereof. October 22, 1904." (written on page).

Rights: UND

Place: United States
St Louis

Dates: 1904-10-22

Type(s): Album Page


Subjects: album page
black and white
Civil War, 1861-1865
Missouri State Convention
Missouri Constitutional Convention
Missouri Constitutional Convention of 1865
Slavery, abolition, and emancipation
Politics and government


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