Black legislators, past and present, celebrated in Atlanta exhibit

Image of the first black members of Congress

Image of the first black members of Congress

The rich history of Georgia’s black legislators has been captured in an exciting exhibit at an African-American library in downtown Atlanta.

The exhibition, entitled “Remembering Our Legends and Honoring Our Torchbearers”, features an extensive collection, from rare artifacts from the 19th century to documents from the civil rights era, as well as recorded interviews with current lawmakers.

The display, showcased at Auburn Avenue Research Library, celebrates the history of black Americans who have served in the Georgia General Assembly. This includes the first black men, who were elected to the Georgia legislature in 1868, but were prohibited from assuming office because of their color.

Read more about the exhibit here.