First black senator honored

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Senator Hiram Revels, who led African Methodist Episcopal and Methodist congregations, was installed on February 25, 1870, as the first black member of the U.S. Congress.

Methodist clergyman, Hiram Revels, was  recently celebrated as the first African-American member of Congress.

On February 26, a  Methodist minister was honored in a worship service in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol almost a century and a half after he was sworn in as the first African-American member of Congress.

Sen. Hiram Revels was installed in the Senate on Feb. 25, 1870 at the height of the Reconstruction era. At a service held last Thursday, exactly 146 years later, Baptist, Methodist and Catholic leaders joined in recalling his legacy as a political and religious leader who also led African Methodist Episcopal and Methodist churches.

 

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