By J. Hoover.
Heroes of the Colored Race.
Color lithograph with portraits of Blanche Kelso Bruce, Frederick Douglass, and Hiram Revels (on right).
From the Library of Congress' African American Odyssey.
Clergyman, Educator, Politician
Birthplace: Fayetteville, NC
Graduate of Knox College, 1845
In 1845, Hiram Revels became a pastor in Baltimore, MD, and principal of
a school for blacks. He helped organize black volunteers for service in
the Union Army (1861). Then he joined federal forces and was stationed in
Mississippi to serve as chaplain to a black regiment (1863). After the war,
Revels preached in Mississippi. He was appointed alderman by the military
governor (1868) and was later elected to the state senate (1869). As a state
senator, he sought to restore voting rights and the right to hold office
of former confederates. In 1870, he was the first African American elected
to the U.S. senate to fill the term of Jefferson Davis. As a U.S. senator,
he advocated for desegregation in education and on the railroads. After
being a senator, he became president of – and retired as president
of – Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College in Mississippi.
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