This person was born a slave in rural Georgia in 1843. He and his family would later move to Northwest Louisiana, where they would stay until emancipation in 1865. He joined the Army in 1866. He served in three units and was promoted to the level of quartermaster-sergeant. During this time, he learned how to read and write.
An African Jamaican, this person founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA).
Hiram R. Revels
A freeborn mulatto from North Carolina, this person became the first African American to serve in either chamber of Congress. He was an ordained African Methodist and Episcopal Church minister.
President Abraham Lincoln
This person was elected President in 1860 and served in this office during the American Civil War.
President Andrew Johnson
This person became the President of the United States after President Lincoln's assassination. During his administration, he oversaw the restoration of rebel-owned...
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