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Jere Haralson letter

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-0625

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a letter written to the United States Centennial Commission in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Haralson requesting an additional invitation for his wife to attend the opening of the "international exhibition." The Centennial Commission organized the Centennial International Exhibition of Industry, which opened on 10 May 1876, with an attendance of over 150,000 people, including U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant, members of Congress, Supreme Court justices and foreign dignitaries.

Dates

  • 1876 April 27

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

None

Biographical / Historical

Jeremiah Haralson, born on a plantation on 1 April 1846 near Columbus, Georgia, he was raised as a slave and was self-educated. He moved to Alabama after emancipation, where he served as the first black member of the State House of Representatives in 1870. He served in the state senate in 1872 and in the U.S. Congress from the 44th district from 1875 to 1877. After serving in Congress, Haralson worked in various positions in the Federal government, until 1884 when he moved to Louisiana and Arkansas before returning to Alabama in 1912. Haralson then moved to Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado, where he was killed by wild animals near Denver in 1916.

Extent

0.02 Linear Feet (1 item)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Letter written in 1876 by African American member of Congress from Alabama to the United States Centennial Commission in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, requesting an additional invitation for his wife to attend the opening of the Centennial International Exhibition of Industry.

Provenance

unknown

General

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Processed by

unknown, 2008; updated by Martha Bace, 2013
Title
Guide to the Jere Haralson letter
Status
Coll Lvl Complete
Date
February 2008
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

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