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  • Robert Smalls, US Congressman (1839 - 1915)
    Robert Smalls (April 5 , 1839–February 23, 1915) was an enslaved African American who, during and after the American Civil War, became a ship's pilot, sea captain, and politician. He freed him...
  • John Roy Lynch, US Congress (1847 - 1939)
    John Roy Lynch (September 10, 1847 – November 2, 1939) was an American politician, writer, attorney and military officer. Born into slavery, he became free in 1863. In 1873 he was elected as t...
  • James Thomas Rapier (1837 - 1883)
    James Thomas Rapier (November 13, 1837 – May 31, 1883) was a United States Representative from 1873 until 1875. He was one of Alabama's three black congressmen during Reconstruction. Life and ...
  • Jeremiah Haralson, US Congress (1846 - 1916)
    Jeremiah Haralson (April 1, 1846–1916), was among the first African-American Congressmen in the United States. Born in slavery in Columbus, Georgia, Haralson eventually rose to serve in the Un...
  • Josiah T. Walls, US Congress (1842 - 1905)
    Josiah Thomas Walls (December 30, 1842 – May 15, 1905) was a United States Congressman who served three separate terms in Congress between 1871 and 1876. He was one of the first African Americ...