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Black History Month Lecture
February 17, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The U.S. Capitol Historical Society is pleased to announce that the annual Black History Month lecture will be held at noon on Wednesday, February 17. This year’s event features a panel of speakers discussing black congressmen of the Reconstruction Era, with an emphasis on Senator Blanche K. Bruce. Sen. Bruce was the second black Member of the Senate and the first to be elected to a full term; he represented Mississippi from 1875 to 1881.
The Historian of the House of Representatives Matthew Wasniewski will open the program with an introductory talk about black congressmen of the Reconstruction Era. Betty K. Koed, Historian for the United States Senate, will discuss Blanche K. Bruce’s political career, focusing mainly on his time in the Senate. Finally, Senate Curator Melinda K. Smith will discuss the portrait of Bruce in the Senate art collection.
The event is free and open to the public and will be held in Room 385 of the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, DC. Co-sponsors include the Senate Historical Office and the Illinois State Society.