Today in History: Edward G. Walker Became 1st Black to Sit in Legislature

Edward G. Walker

Edward G. Walker

On this day in 1866, Edward G. Walker, son of abolitionist David Walker, and Charles L. Mitchell electee to Massachusetts Assembly from Boston, became the first Blacks to sit in the Legislature of an American state in the post-Civil War period.

The abolitionist wrote an appeal calling for the end of slavery in 1829.

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