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  • Hiram R Revels earlier years
  • I am true to my own race. I wish to see all done that can be done for their encouragement, to assist them in acquiring property, in becoming intelligent, enlightened, useful, valuable citizens.
  • Hiram R. Revels older years
  • I find that the prejudice in this country to color is very great, and I sometimes fear that it is on the increase.
  • When Hiram R. Revels joined Congress
  • The Legislature, which was elected under the Constitution framed and supported by colored men, declared that a man having more than an eighth of African blood in his veins was ineligible to office or a seat in the Legislature of the State of Georgia.
  • Him and his brother both apprenticed as barbers.After his brother's death Hiram inherited his barber shop.
  • Shortly after he inherited his brother's barber shop his death Hiram decided to become a minister. Hiram studied seminars in Indiana and Ohio. In 1845 he was ordained and became a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church as an itinerant preacher.
  • Hiram R. Revels is important to African American history because he was the first African American man to join congress.
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