A broadside produced by the Readjuster Party of Virginia reports on a convention of African American Republicans held in Petersburg in March 1881. The convention made an "eloquent appeal" for racial harmony, according to the broadside, and promulgated the following resolution that was adopted unanimously:
Resolved, That the colored people of Virginia, in convention assembled in the city of Petersburg, regard the Readjuster party with favor, and confidently believe that their interests will be better secured and preserved by aiding that party in its efforts to achieve and permanently settle the antagonism of races, which has unfortunately affected the prosperity of our State.
Citation: Address to Virginians. The Eloquent Appeal of the Petersburg State Convention for Harmony Between White and Colored Citizens … Broadside 1881 .R43. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.