Nov. 10, 2016

In Their Words, My Voice

HALF FREE, HALF SLAVE
PROJECT UPLIFT LITERACY
IN THEIR WORDS MY VOICE

On February 4, 1875, Congressman James T. Rapier of Alabama, rose on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to support the Civil Right bill then before Congress which when enacted later that year became the Civil Rights Act of 1875. More than a century passed before another black person from Alabama represented the state in Congress, Earl Hilliard, who was elected in 1993.