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African Americans replace reluctant whites on the field of battle due to rising white desertions in the Continental Army (1777).

Monroe Baker, a well-to-do Black businessman, named mayor of St. Martin, Louisiana (1867). He was probably the first Black to serve as mayor of a town.

First Reconstruction legislature met in Richmond, Virginia (1869).

Booker T. Washington, leaves Malden, West Virginia to enter Hampton Institute (1872).

Congresswoman, Yvonne Burke, born (1932).

Take a look at some more moments in Black History below:

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