Today in History: New Constitution Banned Segregation

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First Black Lieutenant Governor, Oscar Dunn

On this day in 1868, Louisiana voters approved new constitution and elected state officers, including the first Black lieutenant governor, Oscar J. Dunn, and the first Black state treasurer, Antoine Dubuclet.

Article Thirteen of the new constitution banned segregation in public accommodation: “All the persons shall enjoy equal rights and privileges upon any conveyances of a public character; and all places of business, or of public resort, or for which a license is required by either State, Parish or municipal authority, shall be deemed places of a public character and shall be opened to the accommodation and patronage of all persons, without distinction or discrimination on account of race or color.”

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