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December 12, 1870

Five years after slavery is abolished, South Carolina laborer Joseph Rainey becomes the first Black person to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. A former slave, Rainey is the second Black person to serve in Congress (Sen. Hiram Revels was first).

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