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Brother Hiram Rhodes Revels

Blake Bowden

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Hiram Rhodes Revels was the first African American to serve in the US Senate and, for that matter, in congress. A Prince Hall Freemason, he served as Grand Chaplain of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ohio. He was elected to the Senate from Mississippi to fill the unexpired term of Albert G. Brown, who withdrew from the office when Mississippi joined the Confederacy. Brother Rhodes served a little over a year and went on to become President of what is today Alcorn State University.