The FIRST Black Senator; a RARE photograph and great portrait by Mathew Brady - a cabinet card photograph of Hiram Rhoades Revels (1822-1901). Of mixed African and Indian descent, he was a Methodist minister and later the first Black Senator (Mississippi) during Reconstruction, later the President of Alcorn University.
Marie Bottineau Baldwin (1863-1952) was a Chippewa attorney. Marie was the first Native American student and first woman of color to graduate from the Washington College of Law. Today the Women’s Law Association funds a scholarship in her name. Following law school, Marie worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and was treasurer of the Society of American Indians.
On January 5, 1854, Hartford voters approved spending over $100,000 in public funds for land that would become a municipal park. It would be the first park in the country built and paid for by the community. - See more at: http://connecticuthistory.org/land-purchase-becomes-bushnell-park-today-in-history/#sthash.9ajCP9SL.dpuf