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This Day in Georgia History

February 01, 1871

Long First Black to Speak

Jefferson Franklin Long of Macon became the first black congressman in U.S. history to officially address fellow legislators in the chambers of the U.S. House of Representatives. Long spoke in opposition to repealing federal legislation prohibiting former Confederate officials and military officers from holding public office.

To view an image of a rocking chair owned by Jefferson Franklin Long, see the Digital Library of Georgia.
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Source: United States Congress