Fayetteville, North Carolina, Hiram Revels, Hiram Rhodes Revels, Mississippi, U.S. Congress

Hiram Rhodes Revels – The First African American Legislator To Serve In The U.S. Congress

On September 27, 1827, Hiram Rhodes Revels, was born to free parents in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Birman Revels became an African American minister who trained regiments for the Union Army during the U.S. Civil War.

In 1870, During reconstruction, Birman Revels was called to fill a vacant Mississippi U.S. Senate seat and became the first African American legislator to serve in either house of the U.S. Congress.

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