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Black Excellence In History: Hiram Rhodes Revels

Born on September 27, 1827, in Fayetteville, North Carolina to a free family, Revels was a minister who became the first African-American elected to the United States Senate in 1870.

He represented the State of Mississippi for a year before leaving to become the president of the historically black college, Alcorn State University, where he also taught philosophy. During his time in Washington, Revels worked as a civil rights activist fighting for the integration of schools and equal opportunities for black workers.

Revels was also a pastor and continued to to preach until his death on January 16, 1901.

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