Did you know? On this day in 1870, Fayetteville-born Hiram Revels became the first African American to serve in the U.S. Senate.
Revels (1827-1901) trained as a minister and served the U.S. Union Army as both a recruiter and a chaplain during the Civil War. Over the course of his life, “”he would develop an impressive resume, serving as a teacher, pastor, lecturer, and public servant” (Middleton 2002: 319). Following his brief tenure in the U.S. Senate, Revels went on to become the first president of Alcorn State University in Mississippi.
Interested in learning more? Come by the Stone Center Library, where we have plenty of items to get you started:
- Notable Black American men. 1999. Jessie Carney Smith, editor.
- Distinguished African American political and governmental leaders. 1999. by James Haskins.
- An encyclopedia of African American Christian heritage. 2002. Marvin A. McMickle.
- 100 greatest African Americans : a biographical encyclopedia. 2002. Molefi Kete Asante.
- Black congressmen during Reconstruction : a documentary sourcebook. 2002. edited by Stephen Middleton. (pp. 319-332)
- “Of a Senator and Slaves: The Hiram Revels and Evans Cayton Families, c.1825-1896. In The Cayton Legacy: An African-American Family, pp.1-10. 2002. Richard S. Hobbs.
- “Hiram Rhodes Revels, 1827-1901: A Reappraisal.” In Black life in Mississippi : essays on political, social, and cultural studies in a Deep South state, pp. 1-12. 2001. Julius E. Thompson.
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