WHEREAS no provisions have, as yet, been made by the World's Columbian Exposition Commission for securing exhibits from the colored women of this country, or the giving of representation to them in such Fair, and WHEREAS under the present arrangement and classification of exhibits, it would be impossible for visitors to the Exposition to know and distinguish the exhibits and handiwork of the colored women from those of the Anglo- Saxons, and because of this the honor, fame and credit for all meritorious exhibits, though made by our race, would not duly be given us ... RESOLVED that for the purpose of demonstrating the progress of the colored women since emancipation and of showing to those who are yet doubters, and there are many, that the colored women ... are making rapid strides in art, science and manufacturing, and of furnishing to all information as to ... what the race has done, is doing and might do, in every department of life, that we, the colored women of Chicago request the Columbian Commission to establish an office for a colored woman whose duty it shall be to collect exhibits from the colored women of America ... [ellipses in source]
Colored Women Of Chicago, As quoted in The Fair Women. Ch. 6, by Jeanne Madeline Weimann (1981).
From a resolution passed on November 24, 1890, at a mass meeting held at the Bethesda Baptist Chapel of Chicago. It was presented to the Board of Lady Managers that was planning a women's component of the World's Columbian Exposition, which was scheduled for 1893 in Chicago. The resolution was then referred to the larger planning Commission, which eventually appointed one African American man as an alternate Commissioner from Missouri. Also, three African American clerks were hired onto the Exposition's administrative staff; the Board of Lady Managers asserted non-discriminatory intent; and August 25, 1893, was declared "Colored People's Day" at the Exposition.