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The duly elected Black men expelled from a state legislature—155 years ago

The expulsion of Justin Jones and Justin Pearson recalls the Original 33, expelled by Georgia’s anti-Reconstruction White majority in 1868.

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Celebrating Black History: Remembering Georgia's 'Original 33'


Celebrating Black History: Remembering Georgia’s ‘Original 33’
Celebrating Black History: Remembering Georgia’s ‘Original 33’
By Dawn Baker | February 23, 2021 at 4:04 PM EST - Updated February 24 at 8:10 PM
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Did you know that some of the first Black elected lawmakers in the nation were from the State of Georgia? After the Emancipation Proclamation, laws changed and Blacks were allowed to run for office.
In 1868, thirty-three freed African men won seats in the Georgia legislature. Six of them had ties to the Coastal Empire. Rep. William. A. Golden represented Liberty County. Chatham County had two representatives - Rep. James Ward Porter and Rep. James M. Simms. Sen. Aaron Alpeoria Bradley represented Bryan, Chatham and Effingham counties.

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