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Living History: The First Black Elected Officials

Living History Days at N-YHS
Living History: The First Black Elected Officials
Saturday, Feb 16, 11 am-4 pm | Sunday, Feb 17, 12-4 pm


Free with Museum Admission
All ages

Throughout the weekend before Presidents Day, join us in celebrating 150 years of the constitutional amendment that gave African Americans the right to vote! In conjunction with our exhibition Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, meet Living Historians portraying the first African American senator, Hiram Revels, and the black citizens who helped elect him one year after the Fifteenth Amendment was passed in February 1869. Learn about the other first black officials elected across the nation during Reconstruction, try out hands-on activities to see how votes were cast and counted, and explore the triumphs and tribulations of African American voters in the 19th century.

Image: “The first colored senator and representatives - in the 41st and 42nd Congress of the United States,” New York: Currier & Ives, 1872, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Creative: Tronvig Group