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This Day in Georgia History

September 03, 1868

Blacks Removed from General Assembly

Meeting in the Atlanta City Hall-Fulton County Courthouse (which was serving as temporary state capitol), the Georgia House of Representatives voted to remove black members of that body on the grounds that the state constitution did not recognize the right of black citizens to hold public office and thus made them ineligible to sit in the General Assembly. Of the 29 black representatives, four mulatto members were allowed to hold their seat, while the remaining 25 were removed. Ten days later, the Georgia Senate removed its 3 black members.