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Marker honors black Southern congressman from NC

Posted January 29, 2011

— A North Carolina congressman whose departure from Capitol Hill in 1901 began decades without any black representation from the South will be honored with a historical highway marker.

The marker for U.S. Rep. George Henry White will be unveiled at Main and Granville streets in downtown Tarboro Saturday during with an annual event in his honor.

White was elected to the U.S. House in 1896 and 1898, making him the only black member in Congress at that time. He declined to run for a third term after a state law that disenfranchised black voters was passed. A black Southerner wasn't elected to Congress again until 1972.

Saturday marks the 110th anniversary of White's farewell speech to Congress.

"This, Mr. Chairman, may be the Negroes’ temporary farewell to the American Congress," he said, "but let me say, Phoenix-like, he will rise up some day and come again.”

While in Congress, White introduced the first bill condemning lynching, according to state historians. He appointed many blacks to federal positions and was attentive to local issues.

After completing his second term, White moved from Tarboro to Philadelphia. He died in 1918.



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  • Keepin_it_real_in_NC Feb 2, 2011

    The DemocRATs are still the same racist party they have been for over 200 years. Just google "Racist Democrats" and enjoy the history lesson.

  • The Fox Feb 1, 2011

    "The republican party of 1898 is NOT the same party of today."
    Americans of 1898 are not the same as today. So what's your point?

  • archmaker Feb 1, 2011

    How can two political party's have such a turn about in philosophy in less then 100 years? It boggles my mind.
    Num8Volvo

    instead of being boggled, why don't you start learning u.s. history? the split in the republican party between theodore roosevelt and william howard taft might be a good place for you to start.

  • MarvinsWife12 Feb 1, 2011

    The republican party of 1898 is NOT the same party of today. The name, "republican" is spelled the same, but that's all.
    blackdog

    And the democratic party is not the same party in 1898 as it is today. How can two political party's have such a turn about in philosophy in less then 100 years? It boggles my mind.

  • blackdog Feb 1, 2011

    The republican party of 1898 is NOT the same party of today. The name, "republican" is spelled the same, but that's all.

  • trianglematt Jan 31, 2011

    I have read with interest the first two comments; mostly because I was actually able to read them. I certainly hope that the media takes a look at those comments and learn from them.

  • Keepin_it_real_in_NC Jan 31, 2011

    Let's play Guess that Party. Hmm, since the propaganda arm of the DNC, aka WRAL, did not mention the party, we have to guess. If this was something bad, and he was a DemocRAT, WRAL would not list the party affiliation. However, since this is something good, and we don't know his party, then I guess he was a Republican.

  • Trabman_san Jan 31, 2011

    Congressman George H. White was a Republican.