Celebrating new constitution of Maryland TS Boston led the choir Evening Star Nov 2 1864 pg 3
COLOR Kl> CELK!'.RATIO> IN HONOR OK F'RKK MAr.Yj.AM) ?Last night the colored people of Washington assembled at the 15th street Presbyterian Church, for the purpose of celebrating :he adoption of the new constitution of Marylaud. The church was densely crowded, and several hundred were unable to gain admission. Those on the outside of the church had the hand of the id U.S. infantry performing for ihem, and they celebrated the occasion by a line display of fireworks. The outside of the church was finely illuminated by a large number of torches fastened to the iron railing surrounding the building, while the inside of the edifice was tastefully decorated wirh a number of lar?e sized American flags. The choir, under the leadership of Prof. Boston, sang several appropriate pieces during the evening. There was quite a sprinkling of wnres in the assemblage. Mr. John Cook called th- meeting to order, and said they had met for the purpose of celebrating the day of emancipation in Mary'a?)n Mr. Hook's motion, the Rev. Dr. Highland Garnett was called to the chair. pi of. W. J. Wilson, Kev. Paul Jennings. Carter A Stewart, Samuel Hatcher, Walker Lewi". Samuel Middleton. John A. Gray, Dr. j Rapier and the Kight Reverend Bishop Clinton were chosen vice presidents- John F. Cooke. T. E. Greene, Dr. Abbitt, W. H. Mil- j ler ami Wm. Landrick were elected secreta- j Ties. The cboi r then sang, "My country, 'tis ot | thee, sweet land of liberty," alter which the I Rev. Mr. Jennings offered up a prayer to the Throne of Grace, and returned thanks to God j for the blessings bestowed upon the colored j race, m breaking their bondages and setting the j captives tree. , Mr Jehu Cook read th? proclamation of Gov. liradford. which was received with loud applause Article *.2! of the proclamation which , declares the slaves of Maryland tree, was re- j ceived wita dealeuint cheer*. The Chairman (Rev. Dr. Garnett i proposed , the singing ot "Blow Ye Trumoets Blow" and asked all those presen: to join in and sing with | spirit. The hymn was sung by the entire con- j Eregatien standing. I Rev Dr Garnett here returned his thanks | for the honor conferred upon him in calling him to the chair. He thought it was out of respect for the State he was from, as he was a Marylander. The speaker was under the impression that the grandest spectacle one could behold was the assembling together oi a respectable and intelligent people for the purpose of thanking God for the blessings thev bad received. They should thank God, said the speaker, as Maryland was no loteer >o be trodden by slaves, tor at midnight the letters ol the -laves were buried, and he hoped so de-p that 'hey would never resurrect The wires, continued Mr. G., were flashing the news over the country that Maryland ?was free, and that involuntary bondage shall ivoi exist, except for crime. Mr. G. said it wa.* intended to fire twenty guns In honor of the event, but there had been so many victories in tae Vatley and Georgia so much powder burnt, and so many windows broken, that they were not permitted to do 60. They were here, Jiowevn to celebrate the day in another way. The speaker then alluded to the enemies of slavery, and said that this crime had passed awav in Maryland, and it was proper to rejoice and "let 'he world know that the colored people were not n different to these blessings. There were a few things they ought to learn from the-e blessings. for it became all to learn to more and more respect and reverenc? God. I.et us, remarked the speaker, respect that God who has been the instigator of this good and grt at work. Let us learn to be united. It we direct our energies and hearts under Got we ran accomplish everything, and push back the waves of oppression. The colored people ought to !? am to make the best of the present opportunities and use the hands made free by end> avoringtoget homes lor themselves, wives, nnd children, and show that they could and would ao 'or themselves. The speaker wanted them to stop finding faiil' with the President, for there was not a man livir.g who could do better than the man iu the executive chair. C <uld they, remarked the sneaker, find fault wi.h the man who gave them the privilege ot celebrating freedom, for where would they be to-night at ten o'clock were it not tor President Lincoln. Thespeaker thought some of them would be making tracks for home! [Great applause] When the peaker attempted to find fault with that illustrious statesman he hoped his tongue would cleave to his taouth. Mr. Garne?t then warned his friends against laying a ti armful word against the soldiers, anti bade them remember tnat, when the late ot Maryland was trembling in the balance, the brave eoldierv, who had met the fiery hail of leai and Ton, who had stormed the breastwork and taken the rifle-pits, who were suffering and bleeding on the battle field, sent lorth their votes, and bv tnem decreed that henceforih ' My Maryland" was iree. The speaker lnrther urged them not to find fa tit with the Yankees, for when their hearts sank within them at the gloomy prospect after the lull of Sumter, the Yankees, east, west and north, rose as one man. and New York city sett her Yankee Tth regiment to save the capita! ot the nation He then concluded ny requesting tt.ree rounds of applause for M iryland and three for President Lincoln, which were given with a hearty good will. The Secretary th^n read tne following resolutions, which had been prepared by different par'ics to oiler singly, bat bv request they were otlere d in a body and adopted as a whole unanWhereas the people of Maryland in adopting their new constitution and erasing from their statute books the r infamous and disgraceful laws boldii g persons in involuntary servitude not guilty ol crime, thereby vindicating justice and hoi or, and advancing tbestandard of freedom, ? nd wi'h it their own material worth? Htnobed, That our coi gratulations are tendered to ?he people of Maryland on the removal ol the Toul blot cf slavery from her es< utcheon, ai d 'O the emancipated upon attaining a ri^hr ot which ttiey have lor a long period le< n unjustly deprived: and, further, that we net onlv congratulate Maryland and onr whole c o- utrv npou the great results wrought by this ui oly rebellion, but also the lovers of IreecJc , of fr-e government and free men everywhere upon 'he birth of another aiiti-slaverv St 'e, proprenc of the destiny of onr whole < >untry, who^e glorious llag, we trust, will foon float only over free men. , . , ,??> <?!ml, Trat w* are profoundly grateful to our honored Chiel Magistrate, his constitute>n:d adviseis. and our gallant army and navy, lo; he tmpe us they have given to the cause of human litxrty, whil* maintaining constitutional government alike with the bullet and ti-e ballot, against this gigantic effort of the >,:i veh, Idir.g arl.-tocracy to subvert popular veruineu' and upon I's ruins rear an autirtpublican form, with Slavery as its chief corner-stone. H'tnlrfil, 1 hat following the iliustri iu ? examrles of our brethren no' only in thtsstruggle bu? in the revolutionary war, and attain in the v. ar of l?l-', we do freely devote our bestefforus, tiledee our honor and oar lives to the support < f our country ai d lor the maintainanc<? or it? ust laws, whether a sailed by traitors at home or beset bv foreign foes. The cha rman here requested th-singing of John Brown's body lies mouldering in the ?round, whi h was joined in by all present Prof. Wilson, George t. Stewart, J. Greene and John A. (^ray addre^ed the meeting, each taking one of the resolutions as 'he ba?e ot hi" . A collection was taken up for the sick an i w u nded ^Idlers, during which the choir sang ?Rally round the Flag, Boys, ^h^ wa? received with great applause, and when coni lud-d cries ot " Suig it over" were heard Irora all purtft of the house. The song was repeated, nearly all ot those present taking part in it. fudge 1 iay (white) and Sergeant Hatton, of tse 1st D- C. colored regiment, made a few renarks, aiier which it was proposed to form in f.rocession and move u> the White Houae and ereEftde President Lin.-oln, but after gaining 'be street It was discovered that those who were una Me to gain admission to the church in the early rar'cf 'he evening bad themselves erena<ie?' the President, who made bis apt tarance a' one o* ihe windows, and la ? emarks 'hanked them tor the cempliment.