- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Historians and legal experts are scheduled to speak at a symposium about the Freedmen’s Convention held in North Carolina at the end of the Civil War.

The symposium is set for Thursday at St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Raleigh.

Speakers include David Blight, American history professor at Yale University; and former state Supreme Court Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson.

A five-day Freedmen’s Convention began Sept. 29, 1865, in advance of the State Constitutional Convention, held in October. The freedmen issued a document with the rights they wanted in a new constitution, including the right to vote, testify in court and serve on juries.

Only white politicians attended the October convention, which made no provision for participation by blacks.

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