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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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