Trees Planted by the Water: Early African American Legislators
|Handbook of Texas Online:||Benjamin Franklin Williams|
|Texas State Library:||Benjamin Franklin Williams|
|.Constitutional Convention 1868|
|12th Texas Legislature Jan 10, 1871|
|16th Texas Legislature Jan 14, 1879|
Entries from the Journals of the Reconstruction Convention, 1868
|June 5, 1868
The President announced the following standing committees: Executive-Lindsay, Chairman; Munroe, Phillips. of San Augustine, Rogers, Mills, Boyd, Thomas, Vaughan, Williams.
Mr. Williams offered the following declaration, and asked its reference to the Committee on General Provisions:
Be it declared by the delegates of the people of Texas, in Convention assembled, That all persons shall enjoy equal rights and privileges upon any conveyance of a public character, and all places of business or of public resort, or for which a license is required by either State, county or municipal authority, shall be deemed places of a public character, and shall be opened to the accommodation and patronage of all persons, without distinction or discrimination, on account of race or color. It was so referred.
Mr. Ruby asked that Mr. Williams be placed on Committee on General Provisions. It was so ordered.
Fort Bend, Texas