25 Feb 1870: 1st Black Congressman Sworn into U.S. Senate
Feb 25, 2018 04:13PM
● Published by Gene Kirschbaum
On 25 Feb 1870, Republican Hiram R. Revels was sworn in as our First Black U.S. Congressman. According to some sources, Revels was also part Native American, so he might have also been the First Native American to become a Congressman!
After spending some time as a US Senator, Revels returned to the State of Mississippi, where he helped create Alcorn University and served as the First President at Alcorn.
Coincidentally, February is also Black History Month!
First Blacks to serve in U.S. Congress