This Week in Black History West Edition

This Week in Black History

April 2, 1855

Longtime activist John Mercer Langston, an abolitionist, attorney and diplomat, is elected clerk of an Ohio township, becoming the nation’s first African-American elected to public office. In 1888, he is elected to the U.S. Congress as Virginia’s first black representative.

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